PML-N govt outshines PPP in performance: Gallup poll

Published: April 12, 2014
PML-N had a score of score of 55% favourable and 40% unfavourable with a positive balance of 15% points, while PPP had a score of 27% of respondents had given favourable and 71% negative ratings a year ago.

PML-N had a score of score of 55% favourable and 40% unfavourable with a positive balance of 15% points, while PPP had a score of 27% of respondents had given favourable and 71% negative ratings a year ago.

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.

Political leaders

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.

State institutions

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%.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ricky
    Apr 12, 2014 - 11:24PM

    How many cases against PML-N govt are in the SC? PPP govt was hounded and pounded by the rightwing PCO CJ till its term was over. The PCO made sure he remains in power till after coalition govt term ends. What was the sense and conclusion of Memo case where even the special HC bench wen overseas for one foreign witness on a fishing trip? Three sitting CJ of three different HC went and plundered national assets. The large benches of SC wasted resources yet the result of one man fishing expedition produced nothing. The Swiss letter case continued forever and ate up PM knowing full well that Swiss had told us to try alleged culprits in our own courts yet we insisted to outsource it and keep it like a hanging sword. The new CJ is a different breed and would not play those games and it is Sharif govt not a secular coalition of three parties.


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 12, 2014 - 11:39PM

    Hahahahahahahahaaha…….I can’t wait for the inane followers of Deen-e-Imrani to swarm the cyber world claiming that Gallup Pakistan has also become a Patwari.


  • Mirza
    Apr 12, 2014 - 11:50PM

    Only Sharif govt in Pakistan has been stable without any threats from inside the parliament or from the establishment. This is the most imp factor for the confidence of people and even media. There has not been a timer for the departure of Sharif govt. There have not been all the appointments challenged and overturned by the PCO CJ. No corruption cases have been investigated let alone reactivated old cases. No treason charges despite surrendering to TTP and legitimizing them and the list goes on and on. In short a stable govt is basic for performance and unstable govt cannot perform that is why “unacceptable” govt are kept destabilized one way or the other.


  • Chaudary Naveed
    Apr 13, 2014 - 2:22AM

    Yes so far pmln govt is working lot bettor than ppp govt … But mind it ppp got that negative rating in its last year of govt while this is just a first year of pmln govt … It is too early to compare ppp nd pmln govts … It will be gud for pmln if pmln can even get a plus 5 rating after 3 years of its tenure …


  • TUNG
    Apr 13, 2014 - 2:43AM

    ya its good this govt!i might give my vote to them next time if they grow the economy and create jobs!


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