Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Donald Trump & Najib Razak: Both Unpopular

President Donald Trump has the lowest job approval rating of any US president after his first 100 days in office than any in history. Ever since Gallup began presidential approval surveys in 1953.

According to the Gallup poll released on April 29, 2017, only forty-two percent of those surveyed said they approve of the president's job thus far, while another 53 percent said they disapprove. And the historical average approval of presidents is 61 percent.

Not just Gallup. In fact, in 12 of 15 polls, Trump's approval had indeed nose-dived.

If you think that fact is cringeworthy, wait until you read about Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Time magazine has come up with a list of five world leaders labelled matter-of-factly as “less popular” than Trump.

This “exclusive club” consists of Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela; Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; Michel Temer, President of Brazil; Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece; and yes, Malaysia’s Najib.

In Malaysia, we hardly need polls to know that Najib’s approval rating is at record lows too.

In GE13, his BN clique won a majority of the parliamentary seats to hold on to power despite having won only 47% of the total votes cast.

Of 1,000 Malaysian respondents surveyed by FT Confidential Research in 4Q16, 71.5 percent held a negative view of Najib’s performance in office. This is already a fall of 1.4 percentage points quarter on quarter.

And Malaysiakini on February 17, 2017 had reported a claim made by a Selangor government think-tank that Najib is the most unpopular prime minister in the nation's history.

According to Institut Darul Ehsan, only 19 percent of the 2,018 respondents, who are Selangor voters, supported Najib.

The Malaysian Insight had similarly published a report dated May 16, 2017 of another IDE survey in March this year, which polled 2,208 respondents and showing Najib’s popularity rating to be at just 19 percent.

Still, I don’t believe Najib is too alarmed by the above.

Really, he has little to worry about because he and his cabal of spongers in BN are very much in control of the government – and not to mention, his own unfailing conviction that he is surely going to preserve UMNO’s 60-year rule in the next general election.

Yesterday, I was at the Malaysiakini premise in Petaling Jaya to attend an event simply called “Lunch with Zunar” – an entertaining sharing of the ideas behind his cartoons as well as his close encounters with the law (Twit Twit). An afternoon well-spent.

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