Armed forces most trusted institution in Pakistan: survey

Published: October 20, 2015


The armed forces are the most trusted institution in the country with an approval rating of 75%, according to a nationwide survey carried out by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT).

The survey shows the Supreme and High Courts of Pakistan are the second most trusted institutions with an  approval rating of 63% while print and electronic media also generated high approval ratings of 55 % and 54% respectively.

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The National Assembly was characteristic of an Approval Rating of 49%, followed by the Civil Courts (Lower Courts) at 43%. The Election Commission of Pakistan was able to earn an approval rating of 37%.

In contrast to the armed forces with the highest approval rate, police had the lowest at 32%.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emerged as the most popular political leader with an approval rating of 75 per cent, according to the survey.

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.

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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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  • GKA
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:09PM

    If you do the survey in India, you may get the same result. I think across the democratic world, army is held in high esteem. IN Pakistan also the same but with a twist, there is a huge sharing of power with the army. They call the shots, appoint the NSA, own the nukes (the only nuclear country where nuke button is with the military), run courts (military courts), heavy influence on foreign policy – and they do it brilliantly with any blowback going to civilian leadership and not to them. Recommend

  • kilo Tiger
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:18PM

    Suggest that PILDAT should also conduct one survey to assess:
    i) its own credibility; and ii) if vast majority of Pakistanis ever heard of its name or are aware of its existence !Recommend

  • MMB
    Oct 20, 2015 - 4:20PM

    I don’t know what to say with approval rating of 75% for Nawaz Sharif.

    Won NA122 with margin of 2200 votes in their own strongest hold area Lahore (definately with rigging shifting PTI voters to other areas and other areas factory workers to NA122).

    Lost PP147 in their own stong hold area Lahore.

    Overall votes: PTI in both elections were more than PMLN.

    Than where did this 75% came when they just about made 50% in there own home let alone KP and Sindh.

    If you want to lie, at least lie sensible. If you want to rig, at least rig sensible like you did in 2015 by election NA122 and not like you did in general election 2013.Recommend

  • Arshad
    Oct 20, 2015 - 10:58PM

    None of the traditional indicator suggest that the current government is popular including the registered voting trends. As a sitting regime, having a popularity of over 50 % considered a great success. Surprisingly, with 75% popularity they will only with 2-3% in their strong hold while loosing the popular vote. This appears to be an interesting survey for those who believe in PML-N.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 21, 2015 - 12:18AM

    That is very true….but it needs to be said that allowing those who have looted and plundered this country to go abroad and enjoy themselves……is a cause of concern.Recommend

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