Prime Minister’s Rating still relatively high at 63 percent

January 10, 2013

Prime Minister’s Rating still relatively high at 63 percent

by The Malaysian Insider (

A new poll of voters released today points towards hotly contested elections this year, with fewer than half of those surveyed saying they were happy with the government or the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

najib-razak-july28Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s ratings, while still relatively high, dipped slightly by two points to 63 per cent in the poll conducted late last month, from 65 per cent in November.

According to Merdeka Center, the survey carried out among voters in Peninsular Malaysia at the end of December 2012 found that the prime minister’s approval rating had slipped slightly from 65 per cent in November 2012 to 63 per cent.

The survey found that while satisfaction among Malay and Indian voters remained strong at 77 per cent and 76 per cent respectively, the sentiment among Chinese voters had dropped to 34 per cent.

The survey also found that voters’ response towards the government remained lukewarm, with only 45 per cent of the respondents saying they were “happy with the government”.

With regard to the perception towards BN, 47 per cent of the respondents said they were “happy with Barisan Nasional”.

The poll also uncovered significant differences between different demographic groups. Among women, 53 per cent of those polled were happy with BN, while only 40 per cent of men shared the view.For rural voters, 56 per cent were happy with BN, while only 42 per cent of urban voters had the same stand on the ruling coalition.

A total of 70 per cent of female voters were satisfied with the PM’s performance, while only 57 per cent of male respondents were happy with Najib.

Najib’s ratings were also good among 70 per cent of rural voters as opposed to only 60 per cent of urban respondents. The survey was carried out by Merdeka Center after last year’s UMNO general assembly.


4 thoughts on “Prime Minister’s Rating still relatively high at 63 percent

  1. Merdeka Polls are as useful as the ciggie i’m smokin’ right now.
    Good while the fix lasts, otherwise useless for predictive purposes. For that, i’d go to the nearest mamak stall.

    It just doesn’t tell us the ‘intelligence’ or breakdown of the constituencies that are important. My gut (alimentary, not elementary) estimation is a very close finish, with not more than 10 seats either-way. We’re kinda ‘Hung’. Now, boys – don’t be rude!

  2. Badawi polled about the same when they went into 2008 Tsunami – and UMNO/BN had higher numbers..Truth is when asked to comment on a powerful specific person like the PM and especially the PM, Malaysian lie instinctively. Its a feudal/hierarchical mindset thing I believe. I guarantee you that if you poll the Chinese about CSL, his numbers are not all too bad either – but I would bet you any amount of money he would lose in ANY seat he runs..

  3. Those who believe the rating are suckers. Like Makchik, just wake up from his/her dreams (not sure whether is a cross dresser). This is another spin. A smoke screen to blind Makchik and company. Maybe Makchik can pop the champagne to celebrate now or waste it comes GE 13. Blind alliance and loyalty are not attributes. It just shows how narrowed minded Makchik and company are.

    Strange that we lost Hussein and now Makchik returned. Mr. Bean, are they the same person?

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