ISLAMABAD: Even before completing a year in power, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government has managed to outshine the previous Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) regime with a majority of Pakistanis reporting to be satisfied with its performance and policies, a recent Gallup Pakistan poll showed.
Despite inheriting a fragile economy, deteriorating law and order, strained ties with neighbouring countries, rampant corruption, and uncontrollable inflation, the government, in public opinion, seems to have managed to put the things in order through independent and prudent policies since coming into power since last June.
The Gallup’s Annual Public Pulse Report 2014 reveals that the PML-N government’s overall performance ratings showed an improvement of 59% points over that of the PPP government.
The PML-N government got a green card with mostly favourable overally ratings with an overall governance score of 55% favourable and 40% unfavourable with a positive balance of 15% points.
A year ago only 27% of respondents had given favourable and 71% negative ratings to the then PPP government, with a negative balance of 44% points.
The Gallup’s study is based on findings from a nationally representative poll in the rural and urban areas of all the four provinces with a sample size was 2,596 adult men and women through face to face interviews. The interviewees were selected through probability sampling method with an error margin of 3-5% at 95% confidence level. Field work was carried out from January 6 to 13, 2014.
For the six key indicators including economy, Pak-India relations, overall foreign policy, terrorism control, corruption control and inflation control, the present government received positive comparative net performance ratings.
“Economy recorded a positive 48% comparative net performance, Pak India relations 22%, foreign policy 33%, terrorism control 31%, corruption control 36% and inflation control 20% net change,” said the report.
On issues of controlling inflation, terrorism and corruption, the present government showed an improvement over the the previous government by 20% , 31% and 36% respectively.
The Gallup Pakistan survey shows that the government performance still needed improvement but it was far better than that of the PPP government.
The net performance ratings for political leaders saw Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) at the top with 18% favourable.
PTI’s Imran Khan was rated at -5% (unfavourable).
PPP’s Asif Ali Zardari was rated at -28%, while MQM’s Altaf Hussain was rated at -39%.
JUI-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rahman was rated at at -21% and ANP’s Asfandyar Wali Khan at -34%.
Provincial chief ministers
Another aspect covered by the Gallup Pakistan Survey is the performance of provincial chief ministers (CMs).
Performance of Punjab chief minister was rated as very good by 21% of respondents and good by 28%.
Sindh chief minister obtained 6% “very good” ratings.
CM K-P and CM Balochistan each got 4% rating as ‘very good’.
CM Punjab topped the list by obtaining 26% overall net performance rating. But other chief ministers remained on the negative list with CM Sindh obtaining -9%, CM KP -11% and CM Balochistan at -14%.
In comparison to the previous government, CM Punjab improved his performance by 6% as from 2013. CM Sindh improved his rating by 18%. The new CMs in K-P and Balochistan were favourably viewed compared to in 2013, with Balochistan’s Abdul Malik registering a 20% higher performance rating and Pervez Khattak recorded a 16% improvement over their predecessors.
Regarding state institutions, the survey reveals that net performance ratings of armed forces improved up to 49%, Supreme Court 27% and Parliament 8%.
However, performance of other institutions including police, lower courts and political parties all received negative ratings.
Comparative net performance ratings for state institutions as compared to 2013, however, improved. Armed forces recorded a net change of 4%, police 8%, lower courts 2%, Parliament 30% and political parties 20%.
Comparative Net Performance ratings from January 2014 compared with January 2013, for civil society institutions were also recorded.
NGOs recorded a positive 15% change, media 3%, educational institutions (schools and colleges) 3% and religious leaders recorded 7%.