Imprisoned PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim remains the most popular Opposition personality among Selangor voters, a survey by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) has found.
Anwar’s approval rating among five Opposition personalities was 30 per cent, while former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received a 24 per cent approval rating.
Anwar is serving a five-year prison sentence following his 2015 conviction for sodomy.
IDE polled the popularity of five Opposition figures, with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang coming in last with only a 14 per cent of the votes.
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) pro-tem president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin scored 17 per cent while DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang scored 15 per cent.
“This survey shows that Anwar is still very much relevant and his support remains in the Malaysian political landscape even though he is in prison,” Redzuan said.
He also said that many of respondents polled had reacted positively to a possibility of Anwar and Dr Mahathir teaming up.
Dr Mahathir and Anwar recently met at a courthouse for the first time in 18 years since the former sacked the latter from his government in 1998.
Several leaders from the Opposition parties including PKR, PPBM, Amanah, DAP and PAS are said to be seeking to form a grand coalition to take on BN in the next elections due by 2018.
RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online