Ahead of GE15, Pakatan share of Malay support in peninsula down three-fold

Data as of Oct 2 shows 37% of community back Barisan, nearly 35% undecided

(The Vibes) – Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) popularity among Malays in the peninsula was at 10.2% as of October 2, this year, data from a survey showed.

The data as of October 2, by polling firm Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research, also showed that Barisan Nasional (BN) had the largest share of support from the Malay community, at 37%, while Perikatan Nasional (PN) had 14.6%.

However, a large chunk of Malays – at 34.9% – were undecided about which coalition they supported, while the remaining 3.3% went to “other parties”.

The data, focusing on voters in Peninsular Malaysia, was part of a presentation by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) given earlier this month and used by The Vibes with permission from Merdeka Centre programme director Ibrahim Suffian.

The data is from before October and prior to the dissolution of Parliament on October 10. The 15th general election (GE15) will now be held on November 19. Nomination day is this Saturday.

Malays form the majority of Malaysia’s population, at 62.6%. Among the Chinese meanwhile, PH’s share as of October 2 was 51.3%, while BN’s was just 6% and PN’s 0.3%.

Undecideds among the Chinese stood at 36.6%, while 5.8% went to other parties.

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