91 percent then, 70 per cent now. Abdullah Ahmad's popularity among Malaysian voters is diminishing. Between November 2004 and June this year, the PM lost a massive 21 percentage points in terms of his approval ratings, according to a survey. This should not come as a surprise, says the survey, as respondents interviewed generally express disappointment at Pak Lah for failing to fulfill his election promises. What might take many aback is the finding of this survey that neither his marriage to Jeanne Danker nor the pay rise for the civil servants did much to stem this decline.His approval ratings suffered the most (63 per cent) in September 2006 due following harsh criticisms by Dr Mahathir aimed at him, his family and the 4th floor operatives.
The survey, however, did not include the most recent issues, such as the arrest of bloggers and the RM4.6 billion debt facing Port Klang, which Lim Kit Siang has already labeled as the PM's first mega-bailout in the making.
Elizabeth Wong has a more extensive take here on the findings of the survey published by Malaysiakini.