Friday, May 3, 2013

Najib is a happy man

Najib Razak (left) is a happy man. He managed to find some lackey organization to come up with poll findings that shows he is winnable! According to a GE13 opinion poll conducted by the Institute of Malaysian Political Analysis of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and the National Professors Council (MPN), 58 percent of the respondents were found to support Najib as prime minister while Anwar Ibrahim received a lowly 42 percent support.

As for the preferred party, BN received 55 percent support, Pakatan Rakyat 41 percent with the remaining four percent went to the Independents.

The poll was conducted from April 28 to 30 during the second week of the GE13 campaign via telephone involving 3,550 respondents who are eligible voters including in Sabah and Sarawak, using the random stratified sampling method with a 0.022 margin of error.

In terms of racial breakdown, 63.5 percent of the Malay respondents supported Najib, Chinese 35.3 percent, Indians 52.7 percent and others 63.1 percent.

Najib received 60.6 percent of the support from female voters and 56.6 percent from male voters. Based on the survey, BN is also expected to retain Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Perlis, Terengganu, Pahang, Sabah and Sarawak.

And there was even an additional pronouncement – methinks, it was more of an afterthought – that since BN has a high support level from voters, BN has a good chance to recapture Selangor and Kedah and to give the opposition pact a very tough fight in Penang and Kelantan! Dream on, Najib!

This piece of good news came about because Universiti Malaya's Democratic and Election Centre (UMCEDEL) had released its latest survey findings that showed that Najib is trailing four points behind Anwar as the preferred choice of prime minister (Webpage, published on April 25, 2013). The survey involving 1,407 respondents residing in Peninsular Malaysia in early April had indicated that 43 percent of voters believe Anwar was qualified to be prime minister while 24 percent of voters disagreed and the rest were unsure. As for Najib, 39 percent of voters said he was qualified to be the prime minister, while 31 percent disagreed and another 30 percent were unsure.

Interestingly, 54 percent of Malay respondents said Anwar was qualified to be prime minister while only 28 percent said the same for Najib. And among first-time voters, 48 percent of respondents believed Anwar to be qualified as prime minister while 25 percent of respondents said the same for Najib.

Najib, of course, rubbished the latest UMCEDEL findings. “I don’t agree with the poll. We have our own poll. My poll indicates that we are ahead,” Najib said. You really action lah, Najib!

Compared to UMCEDEL's last survey results that were presented to the media on January 23, 2013, Najib's rating had dropped four points while Anwar had increased by one point.

Then, Najib obtained 43 percent of support (from the respondents) while Anwar received 42%. The survey, which involved 1,049 respondents in Peninsular Malaysia and was conducted between Dec 26, 2012 and Jan 11, 2013, also revealed that 21% of the respondents have yet to make up their mind on who to support in GE13.

At that point in time, Najib was reportedly jumping for joy that he and BN will be victorious.

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