PM’s approval rating slides on increasing economic worries
BANGI: 18 Dec. 2013 – A survey carried among voters in Peninsular Malaysia
found that the Prime Minister’s approval rating had declined significantly
to 52% in December 2013 from 62% in August 2013 with all segments having
recorded significant declines over the period under review.
The timing of this poll took place after the reduction of fuel subsidies in
September 2013, tabling of the 2014 national budget during which the
government announced the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax or GST
(to be implemented in 2015), as well as additional statements on the
increase of electricity tariff rates slated for January 2014.
Concerns over the economy, particularly in the form of rising costs and
inflation rose to its highest ever recorded level of up to 67% of all
This survey also found that 55% of Peninsular Malaysia voters reporting
that they do not quite understand how the Goods and Services Tax will work
and affect them. Additionally, 54% of respondents report that they do not
believe in government leaders’ statements about the country’s economic