Ahead of first anniversary, Pakatan’s approval plunged to 39pc

Justin Ong
The shadow of a campaign worker is seen against a Pakatan Harapan flag at Pasir Panjang in Port Dickson October 11, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, April 26 ― Public approval for the new Pakatan Harapan government is now just 39 per cent, according to independent pollster Merdeka Center.

The poll also put Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s personal popularity at 46 per cent, indicating his influence that continues to outstrip that of the coalition.

“This was a marked decline compared to the 71 per cent recorded in August 2018,” Merdeka Center said of the coalition’s rating.

“The decline in public support for the administration can also be seen in the number of voters who felt the ‘country was headed in the wrong direction’, which increased from 24 per cent in August 2018 to 46 per cent in March 2019.”

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