PETALING JAYA : A survey by polling firm Merdeka Center has found that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s approval rating remains stable at 67%, despite concerns over the economy and the pandemic.
This was a slight increase compared to his 63% rating recorded at the end of January this year in an earlier survey, it said.
The survey conducted from March 31 to April 12 involved some 2,111 voters in the peninsula, with 64% of respondents being Malays, 28% Chinese and 8% Indians.
It said Muhyiddin’s support among Malay voters remained strong at 83%, although the backing from Chinese and Indians was lower at 30% and 66% respectively.
More respondents felt the nation was “headed in the wrong direction”, with 46% expressing that sentiment and 41% responding conversely.
“Those who expressed the view that the country was headed in the right direction cited positive feelings towards the administration as well as recognition that the public’s welfare was being taken care of.
“Those who felt the country was headed in the wrong direction cited concerns over political stability and unfavourable economic conditions,” it said in a statement today.
The nation’s economic condition was the respondents’ main concern, followed by the pandemic. Fifty-seven per cent of them said financial conditions were worse than a year ago. Only 2.4% of the respondents said they were worried about the political situation.
Most respondents were satisfied with the government’s management of the pandemic, with 70% speaking in support, a big increase compared to 53% in January. Covid-19 cases at the time were above 4,000.
Seventy-four per cent of voters also felt that Putrajaya has been helpful towards those who needed aid during the pandemic.
“In our view, the survey indicates a peninsula-based electorate that is exhibiting some signs of optimism after the reopening of the economy, along with the vaccination rollout.
“This is manifested in the still strong approval for the prime minister and reasonable confidence in the handling of the pandemic and economy,”