WEB DESK: A new survey has found Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to be more popular than the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. A few days earlier, another survey by PILDAT had stated that Nawaz Sharif was the most popular leader.
According to the Political Barometer 2015, conducted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, 32.5% of the respondents said they would vote for Imran Khan’s PTI if elections are held tomorrow, while over 27% picked PML-N. Only 14% said they’ll vote for PPP, the party is still strong in Sindh with over 41% respondents in the province willing to vote PPP.
Although the PTI came out as the most popular political party in the country, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is the most popular chief minister with 49% of the respondents from Punjab satisfied with his performance, followed by Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak with 43% of the respondents claiming they are satisfied with his performance.
On the other hand, people of Sindh are the least satisfied with their chief minister with only 11% voting in favour of his leadership.
Additionally, 65% of the respondents believe that Pu
People consider unemployment the biggest challenge Pakistan is facing, followed by corruption and terrorism and load shedding.
Meanwhile, 27% of people believe that the army and Rangers have played a significant role in controlling corruption in the country, along with the media and superior judiciary.
According to the survey, 57% of the respondents believe that PTI’s months-long dharna adversely impacted the performance of the government in terms of economic development, while 27% disagreed.
Responding to a question regarding Local Government system, an overwhelming majority of 74% said they are in favour of it.
About 66% of the respondents believe that security situation has improved in last three years.
A whooping 79% see a ‘foreign hand’ behind terror activities in Pakistan. Of these, 55% held India responsible for attacks, while 28% believe the US is behind all attacks.
Interestingly, responding to the question of who should take the lead in countering terrorism, 53% say both civil and military leadership should jointly lead the efforts.
On the foreign policy front, 30% believe that political parties influence policy while 25% say the US is most influential in this regard.