Over 60% of Sabahans predict GE15 will be held next year, online poll shows


KOTA KINABALU: More than 60% of Sabahans predict that the 15th General Election (GE15) will be held in 2023, according to a survey.

This information was obtained from a recent online poll by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS Sabah) that was participated by a total of 456 respondents.

The survey showed that 17.11% of respondents predicted that GE15 would be held in the first quarter of 2023 (January - March), while 44.74% predicted the second quarter of 2023 (April - June), and 38.16% predicted the fourth quarter of this year (2022).

This means that a total of 61.85% of the respondents predicted that GE15 will be held in 2023 instead of the end of 2022.

The IDS Poll which was conducted from July 25 to Aug 5 is one of the institute’s mechanisms to garner the public’s opinions and feedback on the state’s key issues.

It serves as a preliminary indicator before an in-depth research and analysis is carried out by the institute.

The online poll comprised 76.9% of male respondents and 23.03% women, ranging from various age groups with 20.39% from the 18-35 age group, 37.94% from the 36-50 age group, 35.53% between the ages of 51 and 65, and 6.14% from 66 years and above.

From the total respondents, 48% are public or private sector employees, 29.82% are business owners or self-employed, 20.39% are unemployed and 1.54% are students.

The geographical analysis shows that 32.46% are urban respondents, 25.44% are suburban, and 42.11% are rural respondents.

The unstitute is planning to study and analyse the matter further using more thorough tools such as surveys.

IDS Online Poll is available at www.ids.org.my.

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