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PM Sharif Maintains Support Imran Khan loses Sharply (Survey)

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Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif, who took office as Prime Minister just over one year ago, has maintained his popularity at 64 percent through his first year.

More than 64% say they have a favorable opinion of the Prime Minister, Pew Research Center survey said. Nawaz 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.

Support of Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), 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%ย  two years ago.

Prime Minister Sharif 62% and the national government 60% are havingย  a good influence on the way things are going in Pakistan.

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.

Pakistanis broadly support the education of girls. More than eight-in-ten (86%) say that education is equally important for boys and girls.

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.

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.

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.

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