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Malaysia PM Ismail Leads in Survey Ahead of November Elections

  • About 19% of poll respondents want Ismail as prime minister
  • General election on Nov. 19 may help to end political turmoil
Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Photographer: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is likely to retain his position after next month’s election, according to the latest opinion survey, signaling his popularity among voters. 

Ismail, who was in office for 14 months until he called for snap elections, was the number one choice for 19% of respondents in a survey by research-based firm Ilham Centre. The survey was carried out from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30 before parliament was dissolved in October.