50 percent Pakistanis support PML-N govt: survey
ISLAMABAD (APP): The country’s 50 percent population supported the present government, with 49 percent favouring the opposition and 60 percent favouring the National Assembly, according to the findings of latest survey conducted during August 1-26, 2013 by the International Republican Institute (IRI).
The survey by IRI, which works for advancement of democracy worldwide, is a national representative sample of adults from 70 districts in all provinces, excluding FATA and Chitral.Male, female, illiterate and educated respondents from different income groups were included in the surveys who were asked questions on key areas relating to democracy, elections, etc.
About the rating of national institutions, 89% said army, 80% said media, 66% government schools, 63% said courts, 61% said government hospitals, and 29% favoured police.
When asked how would you rate the performance of the new national PML-N Government?, 10% respondents rated the performance of PML-N government as very good, 48% rated it as good, 22% rated as bad, 11% rated as very bad and 9% did not reply.
To a question, if the election for National Assembly were held next week, for which party would you vote?, 33% responded that they would vote for PML-N, 11% PTI, 9% PPP, 2% each MQM, JI & PML-F while 1% each said they would vote for JUI-F, PML-Q & ANP. 25% did not respond to the question.
About the single most issue facing Pakistan?: 42% people responded that electricity is the single most important issue facing Pakistan, 21 % replied inflation, 12% said unemployment, 10 % replied terrorism, 3 % each termed law & order, corruption, poverty most important issues.
Only 1% considered gas/petrol as the single most important issue facing Pakistan. 3% said there are other important issues facing the country.
When asked about the timing of holding the local government elections, 64% replied that Local Government elections should be held next year, 17% responded in the negative and 19% did not respond.
About the performance of the new national PML-N Government,10% respondents rated the performance of PML-N government as very good, 48% rated it as good, 22% rated as bad, 11% rated as very bad and 9% did not reply.
About rating the performance of the PML-N provincial government in Punjab, 23% rated it very good, 50% good, 14% bad, 7% very bad & 6% did not respond.
About PTI led coalition government in Khyber Pakhtukhwa, 9% rated it very good, 40% good, 20 bad, 8% very bad & 23% did not respond.
The PPP government performance in Sindh province,7% said it very good, 27% good, 27% bad, 21% very bad & 19 did not respond.
About rating the performance of the PML-N/NP/PkMAP coalition government in Balochistan,6% very good, 24% good, 24% bad, 12% very bad and 35% did not respond.
When asked about the importance of local government elections, 36% responded that Local Government Elections provide solution to local issues, 15% termed it as solution to national issues, 4% thought it a source of change, 3% said it is required for betterment of the country, 1% think that they would help in division of work, 1% considered them as generating employment opportunities, 3% said other reasons and 37% did not respond.
75% respondents said they voted in the general elections, 23% did not vote and 1% did not respond to the question, 19% said they were motivated to vote for change, 18% considered it as a national duty, 14% voted for betterment of the country, 7% were motivated by family/friends, 6% were self motivated, 4% voted to bring down inflation, 4% voted for their respective party, 2% each voted for curbing load shedding, solving local issues, solving national issues & in favor of generating employment opportunities. 4% were motivated by other reasons & 15% did not respond.
When asked if the election for National Assembly were held next week, for which party would you vote, 33% said that they would vote for PML-N, 11% PTI, 9% PPP, 2% each MQM, JI & PML-F while 1% each said they would vote for JUI-F, PML-Q & ANP. 25% did not respond to the question.
Province-wise: In Punjab, 51% favored PML-N, 9% PTI, 4% PPP while 1 % PML-Q.
In Sindh, 25% favored PPP, 10% PML-N, 7% favored MQM & PML-F each while 5% favored PTI.
In KPK, 31% said they would vote for PTI, 12% PML-N, 6% ANP, 4% JI while 3% favored JUI-F & PPP, each.
In Balochistan, 16% PML-N, 8% PkMAP, 5% JUI-F, 3% PPP, while 2% favored to vote for BNP & PTI, each.
In the IRI survey, party vote by ethnicity: Among Urdu speaking community, 40% favored PML-N, 7% PTI & 2% PPP.
50% Punjabis favored PML-N, 8% PTI while 2% favored PPP.
Among Pushto speaking community, 25% PTI, 10% PML-N while 3% favored PPP. Among Sindhis 34% favored PPP, 11% PML-N while 2% favored PTI. 31% Seraikis favored PML-N, 16% PTI while 13% favored PPP. In Hindko community, 26% favored PTI, 25 PML-N while 6% favored PPP. 24% Baloch favored PPP, 14% PML-N while 4% favored PTI.
About fairness of General Elections, 60% respondents considered them free & fair, 27% did not consider them free & fair while 13% did not respond.
When asked about main reason PML-N won the elections, 19% said PML-N won on the basis of performance, 12% said on the basis of public expectations, 10% replied good performance in Punjab, 6% replied that development was the basis of the win. 6% respondents said PML-N won the elections because of rigging. 3% eachsaid that due to energy planning & reaction to PPP, PML-N won the elections. 2% each for the betterment of the country, good character and public welfare, 11 % said other reasons while 24% did not respond to the question.
78% in the survey replied that there is a need for internal party elections and that all party members should be allowed to vote for selecting candidates for elections, 17% did not think so while 5% did not respond.
About reaching out of political parties to women,60% respondents thought that political parties do not reach out to women, 30% said that Parties do reach out to women while 10% did not respond.
About their reaching to young people, 42% respondents thought that political parties do not reach out to young people, 49% said that parties do reach out to young people while 9% did not respond.
In the IRI survey, 68% considered primary education, 18 technical education, 8% considered university education as the point the government should focus. 5% did not respond.
About improving the performance of teachers in government schools, 39% considered additional training, 38% dismissal of absent teachers, 8% increase in salary with better performance, 6% higher starting pay, 5% considered other ways to improve performance of teachers. 4% did not respond.
About the main problem in government-run health care system, 22% said medicine shortage, 15% negligence, 8% lack of discipline, 8% absence of doctors, 6% hospital staff shortage, 6% unskilled staff, 4% cleanliness, 3% each cited need for more hospitals, need for advanced health facilities, corruption and failure to fulfil duties. 2% responded that thee is no problem and 6% cited other problems while 10% did not respond.
About improvements in health care & education, 59% supported fair and equitable taxation, 29% international aid, 2% cited other sources for improvement in health care & education. 10% did not respond.
When asked which country they would prefer aid from, 30% preferred aid from Saudi Arabia, 20% from China, 7% America, %% Iran, 5% from no one, 3% Islamic countries.