Malaysia still split into urban and rural bastions: YouGovMarch 3, 2020
Pakatan Harapan as it is composed today, after the exit of Bersatu, may still win a majority in the urban areas.
This also means the new coalition of PM Muhyiddin Yassin may win more support in rural areas.
This has been the case in Malaysia for decades and the recent political chaos did not really change the landscape, according to a survey by YouGov.
This means the PH will likely hold sway in areas like Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya, says YouGov.
“Those living in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya are more likely to support PH with 55 per cent of votes,” says YouGov.
The report which appeared on Sinar Harian’s website says the Bersatu, Umno and PAS may garner 33 per cent of votes in these areas.
It says those living in other parts of Malaysia may provide 45 per cent of votes to the PH.
The survey was conducted before the appointment of Muhyiddin as PM.
59 PER CENT PRO PERIKATAN
The survey says about 59 per cent of low-income people in Malaysia support the formation of the Perikatan Nasional.
But there is a ‘household’ split in the choices. If more than half of the low-income group supports Perikatan, 27 per cent will likely support PH.
High-income Malaysians are more likely to choose PH to form a government with 71 per cent of their votes.
Some 1,162 Malaysians were polled by YouGov for this survey done from February 25 to 27.
YouGov Asia-Pacific Head of Public Relations and Voting Dr Campbell White says the significant differences between the more affluent urban areas in Malaysia and the less affluent rural areas is a challenge.
“The government will face a difficult task to restore people’s confidence and stabilize the country,” he says.
When Malaysia was hit by political turmoil following the resignation of the seventh Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, data showed 73 per cent of Malaysians were worried about the country’s future.
White says 37 per cent of people thought the economy was going to get worse while 32 per cent expected it would be better and another 31 per cent expected the economy to remain as it was.