Malaysia Survey 2007: Perceptions on Income/Economic Condition

In Asian Barometer Survey conducted in Malaysia year 2007, the respondents reported their perceptions on their income and assessment on economic conditions:

a. Income perceptions:
Income covers well, can save – 20.1%
Covers well, no difficulties – 37.3%
Does not cover well – 32.3%
Does not cover, great difficulties – 8.6%
Decline to answer – 1.7%

b. Economic conditions in Malaysia:
i. Individual :-
Very good – 6.7%
Good – 34.5%
So-so – 41.2%
Bad – 11.2%
Very bad – 4.7%

ii. Family :-
Very good – 4.5%
Good – 30.4%
So-so – 58.0%
Bad – 5.4%
Very bad – 1.5%

c. Assessment of past and future economic conditions:

Economic conditions assessment  Individual    Family  
 Past    Future    Past    Future  
 Much Better   16.4 21.8 14.6 23.8
 Little Better   35.9 34 37.6 37.1
 About Same   26.9 20.1 32.8 23.2
 Little Worse   15.4 8.6 12.3 4.1
 Much Worse   4.5 4.4 2.3 0.6
 Can’t choose   0.7 10.8 0.2 10.7
 Decline Answer   0.2 0.3 0.2 0.6

On top of that…
* 53.4% respondents own landline phone.
* 86.4% respondents own handphone.
* 73.2% respondents own car

Source: Asian Barometer – Bridget Welsh, Ibrahim Suffian, and Andrew Aeria. 2007. Malaysia Country Report. Second Wave of Asian Barometer Survey 

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