Treat survey results as snapshots in time, says political analyst

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KUCHING, Nov 1: The findings of independent or online political surveys should not be taken too literally as it only reflects the opinions of a limited number of survey participants at that particular time only.

Political analyst Prof Dr James Chin said such surveys were only a “snapshot” at that particular moment on how the survey participant feels about what is being asked.

“This survey is a snapshot at that particular moment how you feel about something. Secondly, surveys are based on how you ask the question.

“So (that is) the way to read all political surveys in Malaysia…. it is just a snapshot,” he said in response to reporters after being asked about a survey carried out by Universiti Malaya Associate Professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi and his team recently, which showed that 70 to 80 per cent of voters in Sarawak support Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Awang Azman also said the survey showed that most Malays, Melanaus and Ibans support GPS.

“Our survey, which was carried out between June and September this year, showed that 85 per cent of the Malays, 90 per cent of the Melanaus and 60 to 70 per cent of the Ibans are still with GPS.

“But sorry to say, 80 per cent of the Chinese and 60 to 70 per cent of the Bidayuhs in Sarawak are with PH (Pakatan Harapan),” he was quoted by a local daily published yesterday.

Meanwhile, Chin advised politicians and the public not to get too excited over such surveys as every study on Sarawak and Sabah showed that majority of voters would make up their minds at the last minute. — DayakDaily