PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu is confident that the survey results on Najib's spike in popularity would be different if conducted now.
PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu said that had the survey been conducted now, the results would be different and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s popularity would take a nose dive.
“Under the present climate what with all the current controversies like the NFC, the KR1M and the national audit report, the results of the survey would be different.
“There are too many scandals within Umno,” said Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu.
He was responding a survey done by Professor Syed Arabi Idid from the Communication Studies Department of the International Islamic University (IIUM) on the popularity of five leaders.
Apart from Najib, the other four are former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Kelantan MB Nik Aziz Nik Mat, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
The July survey revealed that Najib’s popularity had risen while Mahathir still remained popular whereas the three Pakatan leaders image had taken a significant dent.
The survey which had 1,500 respondents also revealed that Najib’s popularity had soared compared to 2008.
‘Call for GE now and we’ll see how Najib fares’
Fifty-nine percent of Malays supported Najib in contrast to 35% in a similar survey done in October 2008. The Chinese community’s confidence in Najib also rose from 33% to 45%.
Najib’s attempts at wooing the Indians seems to have paid dividends as their support increased from 41% to 62%.
Mat Sabu added that the survey results were only relevant in July due to DAP and PAS bickering over the hudud issue whereas Najib is now facing factionalism within Umno.
“Umno is facing a split now, especially with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah coming out strongly with his Amanah (Angkatan Amanah Merdeka).”
DAP’s Lim Kit Siang also questioned the basis for the methodology of the survey.
“We do not know the basis for the survey. Different polls come out with different outcome but the IIUM survey is a useful one as reference,” said Lim, who is also Ipoh Timor MP.
Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, who is also Gombak MP, said: “Tell IIUM to convince Najib to call for election next week and we’ll see how popular he is.”
IIUM was recently in the limelight for suspending constitutional law professor, Aziz Bari for giving his views on Selangor sultan’s decree on the Selangor Islamic Religious Department’s raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church hall.