PETALING JAYA: The approval rating of the Pakatan Harapan government and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s performance has declined from 79% in May 31, 2018 to
39% as in March 11, 2019, a recent survey shows.
The independent survey which was done by the Merdeka Centre shows the public support for Pakatan Harapan government and the Prime Minister has dropped by nearly 40% in just less than a year.
Pakatan Harapan came to power on May 9, 2018 after having defeated Barisan Nasional in the 14th general elections.
“The decline in ratings are likely to be attributable to three factors, the condition of the economy as it is perceived by ordinary consumers, the perceived performance of the administration, and concerns over Malay rights and privileges as well as fair treatment of the other races in Malaysia,” Merdeka Centre said in a statement.
The survey also noted that 46% of the respondents felt that the “country was heading in the wrong direction.”
The statement added that only 34% of voters felt that the country was headed in the right direction.
“This sentiment was more acute among Malay voters where only 24% felt the country was headed in the right direction,” it said on Friday (April 26).
It added that only 40% are satisfied with the government’s management of the economy.
According to the Star, Merdeka Centre noted that the economy remained the top concern for voters at 63% followed by race-related issues such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Icerd).
“When asked to respond from a fixed list of issue items, the survey found that concerns over unfavourable economic condition as well as inflation or cost of living remained high at 54% while concerns over racial matters such as preservation of Malay rights and fair treatment of others was significant at 23%,” it said.
However, 67% of respondents also agreed that the government needed more time to fulfil their election pledges.