Yoursay: Dr M’s popularity torn between two surveys


Modified 29 Dec 2018, 2:30 am

YOURSAY | ‘In any case, polls are very often wrong.’

Khairuddin: Rafizi's survey on PM's approval rating 'useless'

Anonymous: Prior to the 14th general election, almost all surveys said BN would win. Only Invoke predicted that Pakatan Harapan would emerge victorious.

On May 9, social media registered high praises for then-PM candidate Dr Mahathir Mohamad - hailed as the saviour of Malaysia.

Now at least 50 percent, if not a majority, pour scorn on Mahathir. So how could Invoke’s Rafizi Ramli be "unreliable" and wrong?

Jaguh: Invoke’s survey predicted that PAS will be wiped out during GE14, but instead the party won 19 parliamentary seats and two states.

That has prompted many to ignore Invoke, which has proven to be a money-wasting venture. There is more credibility in the survey done by IIUM.

The poll by International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM) is, of course, biased because of Education Minister Maszlee Malik. So, write off Rafizi’s survey at your own peril.

Legit: Forget about these polls done by Invoke and IIUM. Nobody knows the details of how they are done. In any case, polls are very often wrong.

A more important gauge is the people's general perception. In this regard, Mahathir's popularity has definitely sunk compared to before, and the immediate aftermath, of GE14.

Many reasons contribute to this decline. Examples include his choice of cabinet ministers, his support for Muslim preacher Zakir Naik, his insistence on keeping the Council of Eminent Persons (COE) and refusal to release its report, his adamant stand on third national car, his acceptance of ex-Umno leaders into Bersatu, his ultra Malay-ness, so on and so forth.

Of course, his steady leadership on matters such as bringing former premier Najib Abdul Razak and his gang of thieves to book, his stand against corruption, his stand against the wrongdoings of the royalty and others are his strong plus points.

New Hope: I really don't see the point of all the squabbling. We already elected all of you, so get on with your work.

At the very least, do remember that Rafizi and Invoke played a significant role in getting Harapan where it is now.

Are you more excited in playing politics or serving the rakyat, your voters?

ER: Just spend more time with your friends outside Bersatu and you will hear the grumblings and frustrations of the average Malaysians. It is so obvious that the ratings for Mahathir and Harapan have fallen since May 9.

Former Umno member Khairuddin Abu Hassan, it looks like the Umno-PAS DNA has gotten the better of you. Denial after denial till you believe your own lies.

Approval rating for PM constant, IIUM survey shows

Anonymous_1538808416: Rafizi is the founder and owner of the survey company he is running and local universities are government-owned. So, there is a tendency the results published are not objective.

The best source is a survey conducted by an independent third party.

RKR: Indeed, poll results will always differ depending on who conducts it.

Gigd: A survey is just a measure of the people's support. And we all know that it can change when the issues change. Survey results depend on the quality of the people and representativeness of the people who are surveyed.

Survey does not judge good from bad, truth from falsehood. Mahathir is God-sent for Malaysia. Don't fall into the trap set up by people both within and outside Harapan.

Jasmine: Well, one thing I am dead certain of, my personal rating for Mahathir as well as Harapan has plummeted. No one can dispute that.

Worried Sick: It is my considered opinion that with the current political situation in the country (racial riots, race-based rallies and the likes), without Mahathir at the helm, this country would have gone to the dogs with no steady hand at the top.

Mahathir has my 100 percent support.

Knowledge: Rafizi definitely would rate Mahathir, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and Lim Guan Eng negatively. Rating goes with the team they are in.

Anyway, the best way to see is when there is an election; but then we have to wait for many more years.

Logically speaking, if the ratings can go down within six months after the election, it merely means that people are just ignorant. We should not expect drastic changes immediately.

Salvage Malaysia: I don’t care about approval ratings. If Harapan can’t boost the economy in 2019 with a concrete economic blueprint, causing the rakyat and companies to suffer more, forget it.

Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin is right to say stop blaming the previous administration and start producing results.

Harapan should instead thank BN that they got to be in Putrajaya because the previous administration screwed up so badly.

Quigonbond: Sometimes common sense tells us more. With so many criminal prosecutions, is it believable that Najib and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang's credibility remains the same?

If what the article is suggesting is that we should not trust Rafizi's survey, we should trust IIUM’s survey even less. Wait for a few more surveys and just take the average. The facts will speak for themselves.

Right now, Bersatu is just trying to become Umno, dancing to the tune of racial and religious bigotry, when instead they could have stood on principles and be firm about helping the poor and being fair to all.

What's a government but to lead? The only reason they are not leading is that they want to position themselves as a counterweight to Umno-PAS and therefore should remain as leader of Harapan.

Mark my words - the rakyat will rise should that come to pass, and even before we let the concrete set in for a two-party system, a third force will, by necessity, be created.

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