PMLN’s popularity surges as PTI losing fame

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) has increased its popularity as Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf’s popularity has gone down from 24 to 18 percent, According to a survey conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI).

The survey, conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) which shows popularity of various political parties on national level as well as provincial level in Pakistan.

It has shown the Pakistan Muslim League-N has witnessed an increase of 3.7 per cent in its popularity.

According to the report, 32% of the respondents said they would vote for PML-N in the NA elections, compared to 28% in July-August 2012.

However, the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) popularity remained stable at 14%.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which appeared the most popular party at the national level following PML-N, saw a decrease in support from 24% in July-August 2012 to 18% in November 2012.

IRI report revealed PML-N to be the next-to-least popular party in Sindh, it showed the main opposition party’s support in the province rose to 8% in November 2012 from 6% in July-August 2012.

Although the ruling PPP still remained the most popular party in the province with 32% support, its popularity declined by 7% from 39% in July-August 2012. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), meanwhile, registered itself as the second most popular party in Sindh with 16% support, a 5% increase from its standing in previous survey.

Besides the survey also revealed the fact that the majority disapprove the creation of Southern Punjab province.

41% of the respondents ‘strongly opposed’ the creation of a new province in southern Punjab. In comparison, 21% of the respondents ‘strongly supported’ the creation of the province while 14% ‘somewhat supported’ the move.

The survey stated that people rated inflation, poverty, power outages and unemployment tantamount to escalating terrorism issues in Pakistan.