KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 4 — A survey by independent pollster Merdeka Center found that only 31 per cent of voters it surveyed were satisfied with the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government, while 60 per cent reported dissatisfaction.

This was a fall of 7 percentage points from the last survey in September 2022, with the highest approval rating at 45 per cent went it first took over in October last year.

The report with the survey results released today noted that as of October 28 ahead of the 15th general election, ethnic Chinese respondents had the biggest proportion of dissatisfaction at 83 per cent followed by the Indian community at 79 per cent.


The only demographic with a higher proportion of satisfied respondents compared to dissatisfied were those who work for the government or in government-linked companies (48 per cent satisfied versus 42 per cent dissatisfied) and Muslim Bumiputeras (58 per cent satisfied versus 34 per cent dissatisfied).

Caretaker prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob also saw his approval rating falling from 42 per cent to 40 per cent. In comparison, his highest approval rating was 50 per cent when he came into power.


Of the five political leaders on the survey, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had the highest approval rating at 46 per cent, followed by Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan at 32 per cent.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim managed to get an approval rating of 34 per cent, while Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi ranks last with just 12 per cent.

Zahid also had the highest disapproval rating at 72 per cent, while Mohamad had the lowest disapproval rating of 29 per cent.

Merdeka Center surveyed 1,209 respondents aged 18 and above via telephone from all states and constituencies, proportional to the population in each parliament constituency.

The survey was conducted from October 19 to 28.