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    PEW Poll: Approval ratings: 66% Nawaz Sharif, 53% Imran Khan, 87% Pakistan military

    A Less Gloomy Mood in Pakistan | Pew Research Center's Global Attitudes Project

    A Less Gloomy Mood in Pakistan

    Sharif Gets High Marks, while Khan’s Ratings Drop
    Last week, thousands of protestors descended upon Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, led by opposition leader Imran Khan, a former cricket star turned politician. Khan is charging Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with rigging last year’s election, and he and other opposition figures are demanding Sharif’s resignation.
    However, a new Pew Research Center survey of Pakistan suggests Sharif can draw on a significant base of public support.Sixty-four percent of Pakistanis have a favorable opinion of the Prime Minister,essentially unchanged from the 66% who expressed this view in a survey conducted weeks before his election victory last year. About a third (32%) give Sharif an unfavorable rating.
    Khan also receives more positive (53%) than negative (24%) reviews, although his ratings have slipped by 17 percentage points over the past two years.
    Meanwhile, the country’s military – always a key player in Pakistan’s politics – receives stunningly high ratings. Fully 87% say the military is having a good influence on the nation, up from an already high 79% in 2013.
    While most Pakistanis remain unhappy with the country’s direction, the public mood is more positive than it has been in recent years. While only 25% are satisfied with the way things are going in Pakistan, this is a significant improvement from the 8% who felt that way in 2013. The percentage saying the economy is in good shape has more than doubled since last year, rising from 17% to 37%. And 36% now expect the economy to improve in the next 12 months.
    Moreover, while Pakistanis still believe their country faces a long list of challenges, they are now less likely to describe as very big problems issues such as public debt, the situation in Afghanistan, tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and corruption.

    These are among the major findings from the latest survey in Pakistan by the Pew Research Center, based on face-to-face interviews conducted with 1,203 respondents from April 15 to May 7, 2014. The sample covers approximately 82% of the country’s adult population. (For more details see the Methods section of this report). The poll also finds little support for extremist groups in Pakistan, with only 8% giving the Taliban a positive rating and just 12% saying they having a favorable opinion of al Qaeda. (For more on views about extremism and extremist groups in Pakistan and other predominantly Muslim nations, see this July Pew Research report).
    When asked to rate the greatest threat facing their country – the Taliban, al Qaeda, or India – Pakistanis tend to cite their neighbor to the east: 51% believe India is the biggest threat, up from 38% in 2013. One-in-four name the Taliban and only 2% say al Qaeda.
    Roughly seven-in-ten (71%) express an unfavorable view of India, while only 13% give it a positive rating. At the time of the survey, which was conducted before results for the recent Indian national elections were announced, 62% of Pakistanis did not know enough about India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi to say whether they had confidence in his ability to do the right thing in world affairs.1 Just over a third (36%) said they have little or no confidence in Modi to do the right thing in world affairs, while only 1% expressed confidence in Modi.
    Negative views of the United States still prevail in Pakistan. Only 14% give the U.S. a favorable rating, and just 7% have confidence in President Barack Obama. Still, the percentage of Pakistanis voicing a negative view of the U.S. and Obama has declined slightly over the last few years.
    National Conditions Improving

    Though a majority of people in Pakistan are still unhappy with the country’s direction, satisfaction is on the rise. A quarter of Pakistanis are satisfied with the way things are going in their country, an increase of 17 percentage points from 2013 when just 8% held this view. Pakistanis are more satisfied with the direction of their country than they have been in six years. Men are slightly more likely to express satisfaction (29%) than women (20%).
    This increasingly positive attitude toward national conditions can also be seen in the public’s improving economic assessments, as the country recovers from the global recession that began in 2008. Thirty-seven percent say the current economic situation is good, up 20 percentage points from last spring. Though 51% still believe the economy is in poor shape, this number has dropped 30 percentage points in only a year. Again, men (45%) are more likely than women (28%) to say that the economy is doing well.
    Pakistanis are also more optimistic about their country’s economic future than they were a year ago. Today, a 36%-plurality believes the economy will improve over the next 12 months, a 10 point increase since last year. Just 17% think the economy will worsen, down from 60% in 2011, which was the peak of pessimistic attitudes. Less than a quarter (21%) say the economic situation will remain the same.
    Views about Pakistan’s direction and the state of the economy tend to be more positive among supporters of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. For example, 47% of those with a positive opinion of Sharif believe the economy will improve in the next year, compared with 14% of those with an unfavorable view of the Prime Minister.
    When Pakistanis are asked about the top problems facing their country, rising prices, electricity shortages, a lack of job opportunities, and crime top the list.Nine-in-ten or more name these as very big problems facing their nation. Half or more of Pakistanis rate 11 of the 16 issues included on the survey as very big problems.
    Though most agree the country faces many serious problems, Pakistanis report less concern than in years past on several issues. The number of people saying that public debt, the situation in Afghanistan and tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims are very serious problems has declined by 20 percentage points or more in the last year. Significantly fewer people also report concerns about Indian influence in Afghanistan, corrupt political leaders, the quality of schools, inequality and crime.
    Sharif Maintains Popularity in Office

    Nawaz Sharif, who took office as prime minister just over one year ago, has maintained his popularity through his first year. More than six-in-ten Pakistanis (64%) say they have a favorable opinion of the prime minister, while 32% view him unfavorably. Sharif’s favorable rating is virtually unchanged from last year when he enjoyed 66% favorability. Support for Sharif is particularly high in Punjab (75%), Pakistan’s most populous province.
    Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), receives generally positive ratings. More than half of Pakistanis (53%) have favorable views of the opposition leader and former cricket player, while about a quarter (24%) have a negative opinion of him. Though Khan is generally liked, his support has seen a marked decline since 2012, dropping 17 percentage points in just two years, from a high of 70%. Roughly one-in-five (22%) offer no opinion about Khan, up from 11% two years ago.
    Former President Asif Ali Zardari, who left office in September 2013 with a favorability rating of 14%, continues to be unpopular, though he has seen a boost to his favorability since stepping down. Roughly a quarter of Pakistanis (27%) now have a positive opinion of Zardari, although 69% still express a negative view.
    Ratings for General Raheel Sharif, former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and current President Mamnoon Hussain are more positive than negative, though many decline to offer an opinion. About four-in-ten (41%) have a favorable opinion of General Sharif, the current Chief of Army Staff, while just 12% offer a negative view. Similarly, 40% express a positive opinion of Chaudhry; 19% report a negative view. Support for Chaudhry has seen a slow decline since 2010, when 61% held positive opinions of him. Hussain receives higher favorable than unfavorable views, but a majority of Pakistanis (55%) offer no opinion about their opinions of the businessman-turned-politician.
    Split Support for Institutions

    The Pakistani military receives an extremely high level of public support. Fully 87% give the military positive ratings, an eight percentage point increase from 2013. Six-in-ten or more also say the media (68%), religious leaders (64%), Prime Minister Sharif (62%) and the national government (60%) are having a good influence on the way things are going in Pakistan.
    The national government has seen a surge in support since Zardari left office. In 2013, about a quarter of Pakistanis (24%) gave the government a favorable evaluation. Sharif also enjoys overwhelming public support compared to his predecessor. Just months before leaving office, only 15% of Pakistanis believed Zardari was having a positive influence.
    Just 47% think the court system has a good influence on the country. And only a third of Pakistanis express support for the police, despite an increase from last year (23%).
    Strong Support for Girls’ Education

    Pakistanis broadly support the education of girls. More than eight-in-ten (86%) say that education is equally important for boys and girls. Very few think that education is either more important for boys than girls (7%) or more important for girls than boys (5%). Andmore people express favorable (30%) than unfavorable (20%) opinions of Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for her outspoken activism for girls’ education. About half (51%) do not offer an opinion about her.
    Many See Threats from Extremists Groups and India

    Extremist groups in Pakistan receive very low marks. Twelve percent give al Qaeda a favorable rating, while just 8% hold a positive view of the Taliban. Still, negative ratings for these organizations have declined since 2009, when fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistani military in the Swat Valley generated strong concerns about the threats from extremists. However, one-third or more do not give an opinion about these organizations.
    When considering the threat these organizations pose, 62% say the Taliban is a serious threat to their country. Pakistanis express less concern over al Qaeda – less than half (42%) consider it a serious threat, on par with attitudes in recent years.
    Three-quarters of Pakistanis believe that India is a serious threat to their nation.The perceived threat posed by India differs somewhat by region. People living in the regions of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa say India is a much greater concern than other Pakistanis. Eight-in-ten or more in Punjab (84%) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (80%) think India presents a serious threat to Pakistan. Fewer residents of Sindh (55%) and Baluchistan (35%) believe India is a serious concern.
    Given the choice of India, the Taliban and al Qaeda, 51% of Pakistanis list India as the primary threat to their nation. Substantially more people rate India as their top worry compared to 2013, when concerns were more evenly divided between India (38%) and the Taliban (33%). Currently, the Taliban ranks as the second highest concern, with 25% listing it as the greatest threat. Just 2% list al Qaeda as the number one threat to their country.
    When asked how the Pakistani government is doing in the fight against extremist groups, the public is divided between believing the government is making progress (28%) and that things are about the same as in the past (24%). One-in-ten believe that the government is losing the fight against extremism, while 38% express no opinion.
    U.S. Ratings Somewhat Less Negative

    Pakistanis continue to voice mostly negative opinions of the U.S. Just 14% have a favorable view of the U.S., essentially unchanged from last year’s 11%. However,the percentage of Pakistanis expressing an unfavorable view has declined over the last two years. Currently, 59% offer a negative rating, down from 72% last year and 80% in 2012. About a quarter of Pakistanis (27%) give no opinion about the U.S., up from 16% last year, and 9% two years ago.
    Very few Pakistanis give President Barack Obama a positive review. Only 7% say they have confidence that Obama will do the right thing in world affairs. About half (52%) lack confidence in the American leader, unchanged from 2013, but down from a peak of 68% in 2011. Fully 41% offer no opinion about Obama.
    Drone strikes against extremist organizations, a key element of the Obama administration’s national security policy, are widely unpopular in Pakistan, which has been the target of numerous strikes in recent years. Two-in-three Pakistanis oppose U.S. drone attacks, while just 3% approve and 30% offer no opinion. (As the spring 2014 Pew Research poll shows, drone strikes are unpopular across much of the globe).
    Two-thirds of Pakistanis believe drone strikes kill too many innocent people, and only 21% think they are necessary to defend the country from extremist groups. Roughly four-in-ten (41%) say the drone strikes are being conducted without the approval of Pakistan’s government.
    Another major Obama administration policy is more popular among Pakistanis: withdrawing most U.S. troops from neighboring Afghanistan. By a 46%-11% margin, Pakistanis say this is a good thing rather than a bad thing (40% do not have an opinion).

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    Re: PEW Poll: Approval ratings: 66% Nawaz Sharif, 53% Imran Khan, 87% Pakistan military

    Survey done in Spring 2014, released in late Summer 2014 after Khan's warning to the US no to interfer Pakistan's internal matters.

    Another thing,
    popularity

    64% Nawaz Sharif
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    53% Imran Khan
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    117% Total. Percentage is usually calculated in 100 when it comes to these kinds of surveys. Can someone explain...

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    so this survey was released at time when govt needed it,,by the way it makes no difference to what sit in supporters think......I must when Imran khan started this sit in I was completely not in favor of it ...plus resignation of prime minister also seemed a very abnormal idea.... as I thought we need check and balance and strong opposition,,, but the way govt and geo news channel handles situation I have my own conclusions which are...
    government is absolutely not serious to address the election rigging issue and it never was...
    government is using delay tactics,,,
    government did not follow court orders and did nothing to console tahirul qadri..
    at least they can let launch of FIR..at least!!!
    I was embarrassed to see mr afzal khan in Islamabad sit in..which later turned out to be some doctor mir zaman ,,some one else with his family was being potrayed as afzal khan,,,,
    I was expecting some logical arguments from n league supporters..instead they are posting pictures of girls in sit in ,,who were dancing and most of the pics now we know were fake....
    I donot like sheikh rasheed and shujat hussain and donot want to see them around Imran khan as they donot have any moral ground to support justice... but like wise I donot want Nawaz relatives occupying all key seats and power in government....


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    Quote Originally Posted by __QanOOn__ View Post
    Survey done in Spring 2014, released in late Summer 2014 after Khan's warning to the US no to interfer Pakistan's internal matters.

    Another thing,
    popularity

    64% Nawaz Sharif
    +
    53% Imran Khan
    ----------------------
    117% Total. Percentage is usually calculated in 100 when it comes to these kinds of surveys. Can someone explain...
    they have conducted separate opinion surveys for different personalities,,which means we cants compare Imran khan popularity to Nawaz shrif popularity,,,,, its not comparison rather individual survey for both of them... so first of all you cant add 53 % and 64%,,,,,,, for Nawaz shrif percentage has to be added like 64 fav 32 un fav and 2 % which is ofcourse 100....so we cant say that if Imran khan popularity has declined ,, his supporters have joined Nawaz shrif,,,,,,its possible one person gave positive markes for both leaders and important thing is 22 % people who didnlt answer in Imran khan's case,,,,,which seems un natural as its unlikely for any one in Pakistan not to comment on Imran khan,,we all have some opinion regarding politics,,,,

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    @lubnakhan Thanks for the explaination


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    Re: PEW Poll: Approval ratings: 66% Nawaz Sharif, 53% Imran Khan, 87% Pakistan military

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    @lubnakhan Thanks for the explaination


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    Quote Originally Posted by __QanOOn__ View Post
    Survey done in Spring 2014, released in late Summer 2014 after Khan's warning to the US no to interfer Pakistan's internal matters.

    Another thing,
    popularity

    64% Nawaz Sharif
    +
    53% Imran Khan
    ----------------------
    117% Total. Percentage is usually calculated in 100 when it comes to these kinds of surveys. Can someone explain...
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    Re: PEW Poll: Approval ratings: 66% Nawaz Sharif, 53% Imran Khan, 87% Pakistan military

    Why Imran Khan is so arrogant? why he doesn't listen to no body, why he is repeatedly using Cricket terminology, why he is so stubborn, this is all showing his immaturity in Politics, he is still considering it as cricket match, Bhai sb, there is no win win in Politics, you can win election but still you have to take on board the entire Lot of opposition and parties, if you lose you can still win hearts , But what you have done, I am sure even if you might win the March game but guess what Mr Imran You will lose everything in Politics, your name will be remembered as the most arrogant and stubborn immature politician in the history of Politics. IK still using cricket terminologies and it also shows that his experience is still evolved around Cricket Game only. His Vision is limited his mentality is narrowed how ever his Language is Bad and his Voice is Rude, I am sure by this new era of stubborn ""Dharna"" IK would never be able to run any Govt In Pakistan because Now on word any other Party can gather 50,000.00 people and shut everything up , stall every business , and disrupt everything in the country. Be hold and be ready , cuz even If you win You ll Lose forever !!!

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