Wednesday February 27, 2013
Most Muslims say use of ‘Allah’ exclusive to them, poll reveals
PETALING JAYA: Eighty-three per cent of Muslims interviewed in a recent poll agree that the usage of the word “Allah” is their absolute right, a survey here found.
The results were part of the poll titled “Public Opinion Survey No. 1/2013 Peninsular Malaysia Voter Survey”, which was conducted between Jan 23 and Feb 6.
A total of 1,021 registered voters were interviewed via telephone for the survey, which was aimed at gauging voters’ perceptions of issues in the lead-up to the general election.
Also, 52% of those polled by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research “strongly disagree” with Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s alleged call to seize and burn copies of the Bible which contain the word “Allah”.
The survey revealed that 48% of the respondents were “happy with the Government” while 45% reported that they were “happy with Barisan Nasional”.
Some 61% of the respondents also expressed that they were satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
As a whole, 56% of the respondents felt that the country was moving in the right direction.
Respondents were selected on the basis of random stratified sampling along ethnicity, gender and state of residence.