Voter approval of Pakatan Harapan in Selangor is at 59 per cent, according to a survey conducted by think tank Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE).
This compared favourably to Barisan Nasional’s 29 per cent. Twelve per cent of respondents were undecided.
“The support for Pakatan did drop significantly to 35 per cent when Pakatan Rakyat broke up, but now the support has increased again,” IDE deputy chairman Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said, referring to Pakatan’s approval ratings from 2011 till this year.
Despite the demise of the pact, PAS, DAP and PKR maintained their alliance in Selangor to keep the state government intact.
Redzuan also said the respondent’s’ approval for Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali also remains high at 58 per cent, while approval for the state’s and local council’s overall performance remain above 50 per cent as well.
He also pointed out that in all comparative scenarios polled by the think-tank, any scenario of a straight fight statewide between one of the opposition parties and BN pointed to a win for the opposition bloc.
PKR scored the best, with 63 per cent respondents opting for them in a straight fight against BN, while Bersatu scored 58 per cent in a straight fight.
PAS, Amanah, and DAP were also tipped to win in a straight fight against BN, but a three-corner fight situation immediately splits the vote and puts BN on equal footing as the two other parties on all different scenarios.
“Though in some scenarios we see that the combined vote of one of the opposition parties is still bigger than BN in a three way fight, this cannot be taken lightly, because BN normally has tendency os scoring up to 15 per cent higher votes than initially predicted once the campaigning period starts,” he said.
“As for Pakatan, they struggle to even improve upon prediction by 5 per cent,” he added.
RAM ANAND@The Malay Mail Online