News Release: Majority of Perak Voters Prefer Elections – Survey

February 12th 2009

BANGI – Following the collapse of the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak, survey
reveals that 74% of Perak voters feel that the state assembly should be dissolved to pave
way for elections.
The survey also found that 76% of voters felt that “the people, through elections” should
decide on forming government.
A further 62% of respondents felt that the role of the palace in this case “does not reflect
the will of the people of Perak”.
The opinion poll was carried out by the Merdeka Center for Opinion Research between
6th to 8th February 2009 to gauge voters’ perceptions of current political developments in
Perak. 507 registered Perak voters comprising 238 Malay, 211 Chinese and 60 Indian
respondents were interviewed by telephone in the poll. Respondents were selected on the
basis of random stratified sampling along ethnicity, gender and parliamentary
constituency. The survey was funded internally by Merdeka Center for Opinion Research
for release to the public.
About Merdeka Center for Opinion Research
Merdeka Center for Opinion Research was formally established in 2001 as an
independent organization focused on public opinion research and socio-economic
analysis. Its members comprise social scientists and professionals with qualifications in
economics, communications, marketing and law. Merdeka’s mission is to act as a bridge
between ordinary Malaysians and other stakeholders with the leading members of the
nation – by collecting public opinion studies and expressing them through survey results,
analysis and position papers. For details, visit:
Ibrahim Suffian
Director – Programs
Mobile: 012 379 1940


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