Survey records Nawaz’s approval rating at 75%

Published: October 20, 2015


PHOTO: HISTORYPAK Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emerged as the most popular political leader with an approval rating of 75 per cent, according to a nationwide survey carried out by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT).

The survey conducted on the completion of the second year of the current parliament and the provincial assemblies shows that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is not far behind his brother with an approval rating of 72 per cent.

Sharif, Sharif and us

PTI chief Imran Khan drew an approval rating of 49 per cent, while MQM chairman Altaf Hussain polled 13 per cent of the 3,231 respondents from a cross-section of incomes living in rural and urban areas of all the four provinces.

Around 27 per cent of the respondents of the PILDAT survey approved the leadership of Asif Zardari. PML-Q chairman Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain earned 19 per cent approval while ANP chief Asfandyar Wali followed with 18 per cent approval.

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Political parties

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had the highest approval amongst the population, with 70 per cent of the respondents rating the party’s competence highly.

Its closest rival Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) came a distant second with an approval rating of 44%. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Pakistan Peoples Party came away with 40 per cent and 36 per cent approval, respectively.

The MQM emerged as the most negatively rated political party in the country with an approval rating of 14 per cent, even below the Dr Tahirul-Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) that polled 19 per cent.

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The Awami National Party (ANP) picked up 21 per cent and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazlur-Rehman (JUI-F) had only a slightly higher approval ratings at 23 per cent.

Quality of democracy

Around 66 per cent of the respondents approved of the overall quality of democracy in Pakistan.

Respondents gave 64 per cent approval rating to the independence of media, 56 per cent to the effectiveness of the Supreme Court and 52 per cent to democratic oversight of security set-up.

The brave General Raheel Sharif

Around 59 per cent of the respondents believe that the general election in 2013 was somewhat to completely transparent and fair. On the other hand, 30 per cent respondents see the election as somewhat to completely rigged.

Local governments

A substantial 80 per cent of the respondents say that holding local government (LG) elections nationwide are very important.

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Only 11 per cent of the respondents believe that holding these elections is either not important or not important at all.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 20th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Josh
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:35AM

    75% approval rating…… Was that the survey from his cabinet!?Recommend

  • Sheraz Khalid
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:45AM

    Lolz! You must be kidding me! Was this survey conducted in Raiwand Mahal?Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:08AM

    Survey was conducted with Shareef Family & SonsRecommend

  • Aftab
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:11AM

    27% approval rating for Zardari is the big question mark on the authenticity of the survey. Recommend

  • The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:12AM

    PTI fans just won’t be able to digest the fact that people don’t believe in Khan anymore

    I really hope PMLN wins the election againRecommend

  • pervaiz
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:23AM

    @Sheraz Khalid:
    Banni Ghalla was also included with this survey. Did you not notice of 40% approval for IK?? how this was possible if Banni Ghalla was not included within this survey.Recommend

  • Naveed Ikram
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:31AM

    PILDAT must constitute an inquiry why only 75% are showing approval for the golden rule of Nawaz Sharif. I won’t be surprised if in next survey these approval rating cross 100% – where are you Adil Gillani of Transparency Intl?Recommend

  • fact is fact
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:31AM

    Not enough number (3000 only) to get a percentage. Not significant to claim his success. Although the govt has been a better one as compared to Zardari one so all is not lost. Democracy takes ages to get on the right path.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:33AM

    Completely disagree with PILDAT rating of 75% for NS. Do ask opinion seeker corruption based questions? This government has ruined the economy by creating debts and the future generation will suffer.Recommend

  • Waqas
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:34AM

    PTI just can’t get over it Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:42AM

    Survey sponsored by PMLNRecommend

  • liaqat ali
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:50AM

    People need to understand that the survey was conducted on the ground with actual people from all walks of lives. PILDAT is one of the rare NGO which I happen to trust. Unfortunate for PTI that survey was not limited to on line participatns. If they did, PTI will win hands down as they are the most popular among virtuals. Recommend

  • Jack
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:55AM

    PTI will dismiss this survey cause it is contrary to their propaganda. This should be an eye opener for Imran Khan as the masses have clearly shunned the politics of lies and agitation. Similar verdict was also announced by the residents of NA122 and Okara NA144 recently. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Oct 20, 2015 - 11:05AM

    The pre-poll rigging as they say it has already begun…..get ready for PTI fan boys and their cult leader to cry all over again come 2018.Recommend

  • Raghu
    Oct 20, 2015 - 11:15AM

    @The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario:
    Please stay in Waterlooloo as you dont know anything about what is happening in Pakistan.Recommend

  • SJ
    Oct 20, 2015 - 11:34AM

    13% Approval ratings……Altaf Bhai…….. The only thing getting better is sense of humor.Recommend

  • SJ
    Oct 20, 2015 - 11:36AM

    @josh Truly said. Could not get 100% from his own cabinet.Recommend

  • JB
    Oct 20, 2015 - 11:47AM

    No reduction in load shedding; world’s most expensive metro, failure of nandipur project, no justice to the murders in model town or the 1200 people dying in Karachi, no justice to the 250 abused kids in Kasur, but approval rating of 75%? Just shows the intelligence or ignorance of the people answering to it. Bravo!Recommend

  • Sceptic
    Oct 20, 2015 - 12:14PM

    As usual Imran.Khan will organise a dharna against PILDAT.Recommend

  • Adnoon Siddiqui
    Oct 20, 2015 - 12:38PM

    This survey isnt true. Actually Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif enjoys 98.3% approval rating but due to PTI pressure, PILDAT had to decrease to 75%Recommend

  • Patriot
    Oct 20, 2015 - 1:25PM

    The survey is non representative and completely trash as it ignored the person with the highest approval ratings in Pakistan i.e. COAS Gen Raheel Sharif. Wonder when these foreign funded NGOs stop appeasing their foreign bosses specially on the eve of US visit. Thankfully even the US knows who is the most popular person is in Pakistan and who is just hoping or pretending to be one.Recommend

  • fed up
    Oct 20, 2015 - 1:35PM

    As a university student studying political science, I can guarantee no democratic leader can enjoy such a high percentage of approval, its just not statistically correct or possible. Plus around three thousand out of two hundred million leaves huge room for sample bias.Recommend

  • azmat
    Oct 20, 2015 - 1:43PM

    These surveys were showing a 57% / 36% split in NA122 and PP147 in favour of N league. The final margin of victory in NA122 was less then 2% in favour of N league in NA122 (authenticity still in doubt though) and more then 6% in favour of PTI in the PP147. SO over all. the survey was wrong by 19% in NA122 and 27% in PP147. Has anyone apologised yet from PILDAT or PEW? No. Normally the error in authentic surveys are no more then 3%. Recommend

  • Azi
    Oct 20, 2015 - 1:51PM

    Good for him and people I guess, its the people after all spending long hours in load shedding, economic hardship, terrorism. Not him. He usually has dinners and lunches comprised of 60 dishes for political parties and their advice while the people barely eat 3 times a day. But as long as people are happy with him, its all that counts.Recommend

  • Ebaad
    Oct 20, 2015 - 2:17PM

    He does not even enjoy 75% approval in Raiwand.
    Zardari 27%, Chaudry Shujaat 19% and Asfand Yar Wali 18%, I mean where was this survey conducted? Mars or Venus? Anyways good try PILDAT. But naqal k liye bhi aqal zaruri hai.Recommend

  • Aziz
    Oct 20, 2015 - 2:20PM

    The approval rating should have been over 99 per cent (just like in the Mid East) for things NS has done for the nation. This may be because PILDAT, an NGO is not in the business of opinion surveys.Recommend

  • Kalim
    Oct 20, 2015 - 2:55PM

    And the credit goes to media team… There was vow like storm that PML N government has completed Nandipoor project in record, awarding gold medals to the project employs and at the end result was zero thank you very much. Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:45PM

    This survey is not very correct. Mian Brothers approval rating is more than 75%.Recommend

  • Oct 20, 2015 - 4:46PM

    So you agree that the survey was taken within the families :)Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:46PM

    Only PILDAT could do it since they were tasked by Minister of Information. The man heading PILDAT is no stranger. Nawaz Sharif has the knack of picking such characters.He faltered only when picking the head of the Armed Forces in the past. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:49PM

    This survey must have been conducted within rural areas, as everyone knows, the literate people of Pakistan are not in favor of PML-N. This is a fact which I stand 100% on it. I also do not say that the literate people are in favor of PTI as well. Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 20, 2015 - 5:34PM

    The approval rating of a leader in the country is directly corrolated with the literacy rating of the people. In other words only 25 percent of Pakistan population fall into the category of literates. Check this feature in the east or the west to believe in this thesis.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • naveed
    Oct 20, 2015 - 5:58PM

    lolz joke of the yearRecommend

  • Saleem
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:08PM

    It’s common knowledge as to whom pulls the strings of PILDAT, Transparency International, Gallop in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Asif
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:17PM


  • pacer
    Oct 20, 2015 - 6:24PM

    75 pecent mean 15 people out of 20 approve of NS. Make up you own mindsRecommend

  • bash gul
    Oct 20, 2015 - 7:02PM

    It’s like playing monopoly at home.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Oct 20, 2015 - 7:05PM

    How much was Modi’s approval rating? Mian saab’s rating should be +1Recommend

  • Luqman Hafeez
    Oct 20, 2015 - 8:21PM

    With 75% approval rating, over 7-year of rule in Punjab and 2-&-half-year-old govt in Islamabad, Noon League loses Punjab assembly seat and manages a victory margin of 2,443 in its stronghold. Ab mein bolon ka na bolon? :DRecommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Oct 20, 2015 - 8:40PM

    @The Khan-Waterloo,Ontario:

    Amen, brother. I cannot stand this 2 number Khan. He is fake and fraud starting all the way from his last name. Recommend

  • SarddarJi
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:12PM

    Where on earth the survey is done , this dose not represent people of Pakistan……… The only survey the people on Pakistan would believe if its conducted by the army the rest of the organizations are politically polluted Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Oct 20, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Throw them a bone and they’d be their master’s voice Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Oct 20, 2015 - 11:42PM

    How much was Modi’s approval rating? Mian saab’s rating should be +1

    Good thinking. The country which has the largest population of illetrates(UNO reports) could elect only an illetrate chaiwalla to lead them. Pakistan is second in this honour.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Zahid
    Oct 21, 2015 - 4:01AM

    I don’t believe this, this must be in Sharif and PML N their own record. I don’t know how many US $ they spend on this survey ? Making Pakistani foolsRecommend

  • Atif
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:39PM

    Zero justice for Kasur victims

    before voicing support for PML-N think about innocent victims of Kasur incident and support of local PML-N leaders and police in supporting the culprit gangs.Recommend

  • aam inkalabi
    Oct 21, 2015 - 3:11PM

    haha i know that is a real slap in our face but ha ha lets call it a joke..Recommend

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