PUTRAJAYA: A survey has suggested Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s approval rating has dipped, but the government remains unperturbed by it, stressing that it is more concerned about addressing the people’s needs.
In brushing aside the latest report by polling centre Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said such polls should not be taken seriously.
“We do not take any results from any poll too seriously because people’s perceptions change from time to time.
“It also depends on the number of respondents and how you sample it. (The report) of course does not reflect the true situation. It depends on numerous ups and downs,” he said at the prime minister and cabinet ministers’ Hari Raya open house yesterday.
The Merdeka Center poll found that approval ratings for Najib had dropped six points to 59 per cent, and attributed the decrease to increased concerns over the spiralling cost of living due to the increase in fuel and electricity prices.
The survey was conducted from Aug 11 to 27 and involved 1,027 respondents.
Najib’s approval ratings were highest in May last year at 72 per cent.
Muhyiddin stressed that what was important was not the survey results, but what the government is doing to address the problems faced by Malaysians, including rising cost of goods and services, which is a global issue.
“What’s important is not the survey but what we do from now.”