Merdeka Centre survey a ploy to discredit Sabah CM: Salleh

My | KOTA KINABALU, 06-Oct-2012 — Opinion polls and surveys have advantages to a certain extent, but if not properly carried out, can be flawed and disrespectful to certain parties, said Sabah Umno deputy head Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

Without saying as much that a recent Merdeka Centre survey was wrong, Salleh said that if a survey was driven by an agenda, there was little to prevent those behind it from manipulating the results to fit the plan.

“Even the wording of the questions (in the survey) can whip up a certain response and provoke the person from saying things he never intended to say in the first place,” he said in a statement, here today.

Salleh was commenting on an online report that claimed voter satisfaction with Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in the state had taken a dive to below 50 percent.

He said he personally did not think that Musa’s popularity had shrunk nor his decisions on how the State is developed had negative implications on the people.

The survey by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research claimed that satisfaction of Sabah voters towards Musa, who has been head of the state for almost a decade, had dropped significantly from 60 percent in November 2009 to 45 percent in September 2012.