Overwhelming majority supports Imran Khan, Gallup survey shows

Former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been declared the most popular leader in Pakistan with 61% of the citizens “positively rated” him, according to a survey titled Public Pulse Report published by Gallup Pakistan on Monday.

According to the report, 61 percent of the populace gave Imran a favorable rating. Furthermore, he received the greatest approval ratings of any politician from the provinces, with 29 percent from Punjab, 28 percent from Sindh, and 14 percent from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was rated negatively by 65pc of Pakistanis while 32pc gave him a positive rating.

The data showed that almost three in five (59pc) gave his sibling Nawaz a negative rating while 36pc gave him a positive rating. Moreover, respondents from KP rated the PML-N supremo more negatively than people from other provinces.

As for Foreign Minister Bilawal, 36pc rated the PPP chairman positively while 57pc gave him a negative rating. Of all the provinces, he got most positive ratings from Sindh.

PML-N Senior Vice President Maryam Nawaz, however, was rated negatively by 61pc while 34pc gave her a positive rating. “People from Punjab see her in a positive light as compared to other provinces,” the survey showed.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman received a negative rating by 57pc while only 31pc gave him a positive rating. He received the least negative ratings from citizens from KP.

Former president Asif Ali Zardari was rated negatively by 67pc while 27pc rated him positively.

The survey was conducted with around 2,000 respondents covering all four provinces, and urban and rural areas. It said that the error margin for such a survey was around 3-4pc at 95pc confidence level.

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