Selangorians prefer Hishammuddin Hussein over Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to succeed Najib Razak as the nation’s number one, a survey has revealed.
According to a poll by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE), 32 per cent of the 1,761 respondents in the state favoured the Umno vice-president. Zahid and the party’s Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin bagged 31 per cent and 28 per cent of the votes respectively. The survey was conducted between Aug 26 and Aug 30.
Umno Information Chief Annuar Musa and Umno Supreme Council Member Mustapa Mohamed scored the lowest with 4 per cent and 6 per cent respectively.
“Hishammuddin scored the highest among Malay and Chinese voters with 33 per cent for each race. Only 26 per cent of the Indian voters surveyed expressed preference for him.
” Zahid on the other hand received the highest support from Indian voters with 36 per cent,” IDE Deputy Chairman Mohammad Redzuan Othman revealed at a press conference at Carlton Hotel here this afternoon.
Meanwhile, a further breakdown of the survey showed that 38 per cent of respondents aged 21 to 30 expressed their support for Khairy, making him the most popular among the youth in Selangor compared with Zahid and Hishammuddin who scored 26 per cent and 28 per cent respectively.
The survey was done following rumours that a snap election would be held next year. Selangor is currently under the governance of a coalition of PKR, DAP, and PAS, which were in the now defunct Pakatan Rakyat.
The DAP had recently called for a snap election in Selangor following the Election Commission’s redelineation exercise which it claimed had “butchered” the Selangor electoral map.
PKR Deputy President Mohamed Azmin Ali, who is Selangor Menteri Besar, however, dismissed the notion.
The Pakatan Harapan-led government , according to the survey, remained the favourite over Barisan Nasional, with 59 per cent of the respondents expressing support for the Federal Opposition coalition.
Nawar Firdaws@FMT Reporters Online