ISLAMABAD: A combined 57 per cent of respondents, in a new nationwide poll of Pakistanis by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research believe that Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan is doing a “very good job” while 56 per cent has given approval to the government policies.
The survey results, announced on March 14, reveal strong approval ratings for the new government and repose confidence in the July 2018 elections.
According to the survey, the respondents expressed their concern over the state of the economy, but at the same time, 17 per cent said Prime Minister Imran Khan was doing a “good job” while 40 per cent agreed with his policies.
“Poor economic conditions are a significant source of concern for Pakistanis,” said Johanna Kao, IRI Regional Director for Asia. “Despite Pakistan’s economic challenges, confidence in the new government and the prime minister is high. Pakistanis seem to be willing to give the government time to deliver on its campaign promises, which will require difficult economic reforms to revitalize the country’s struggling economy.”
A plurality of respondents; 40 per cent said they were willing to give the government one year; 26 per cent said two years, and 14 per cent said that the prime minister had started delivering on his campaign promises.
“The survey suggests that the government’s performance will be judged primarily on its ability to address pressing economic concerns,” said Johanna Kao. Inflation was singled out as the most important problem in Pakistan by 39 per cent, followed by poverty, as pointed by 18 per cent and unemployment as mentioned by 15 per cent.
Nearly 77 per cent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 35 see lack of jobs as the biggest challenge facing young people in Pakistan.
The poll also indicates high levels of confidence in the results of the July 2018 national elections. A clear majority (84 per cent) say that the results are either “very accurate” (46 per cent) or “somewhat accurate” (38 per cent). A combined 83 per cent believe that the election was either “completely free and fair” (50 per cent) or “mostly free and fair” (33 per cent).
According to IRI, this survey was conducted on behalf of the Center for Insights in Survey Research. Data was collected between November 1 and November 22, 2018 through in-home, in-person interviews. The sample consisted of 3,991 respondents aged 18 and older, and is representative of voting-age adults nationally. The margin of error was 1.6 per cent.