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Survey: Najib’s popularity soars to 69%

 | March 9, 2012

Merdeka Centre attributed the high approval rating to the economic recovery and the government's RM500 aid for the lower income group.

PETALING JAYA: A recent poll by the Merdeka Centre revealed that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s approval rating has soared to 69% from 59% in August 2011.

In a statement today, the polling agency said Najib’s ratings soared due to the improving economic outlook and his “Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia” (BR1M) monetary aid for lower income families.

In his Budget 2012 speech last year, Najib announced that families earning less than RM3,000 a month would get RM500 one-off aid.

The money was given out through Pos Malaysia, Bank Simpanan Nasional and selected banks.

The survey, encompassing 1,022 respondents, also showed that 78% of Najib’s support came from the lower-income group, especially those earning below the RM1,500 mark.

“In terms of ethnic breakdown, the Malays and Indians were most in favour of Najib, standing at 74% and 80% respectively,” the statement read.

However, the survey also showed that the majority in favour of Najib were above the age of 50, at a rate of 73%.

“The findings also show that one third of the respondents were in favour of Pakatan Rakyat, indicating the approvals may not translate into votes for the ruling coalition,” the statement read.


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