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Imran admits slump in PTI’s popularity

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PTI chief Imran Khan, along with Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal, speaks to media representatives after their meeting in Islamabad on Saturday. – Photo by PPI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Saturday admitted that his party's popularity has dropped by 10 per cent.

Khan was speaking to media representatives following his meeting with Baloch leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal who has returned to the country after a self-imposed exile of three years in London.

The PTI chief did not accept 22 per cent figure of a recent survey. However, he admitted that his party's popularity did go down but only by 10 per cent.

Khan said those voters did not switch to any other party and that the PTI will soon be able to reverse this trend.

A survey, conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI) by taking the opinions of six thousand persons from different segments of the society about political parties and the public problems during July-August period, showed that 28 per cent of the people would vote for PML-N, 24 per cent for PTI, 14 per cent for PPP and 3 per cent for MQM.

Comparing these figures with the IRI’s February survey results, the popularity of the PML-N has increased by 3.7 per cent while popularity of PTI and PPP has sharply dropped by 22.6 and 12.5 per cent respectively.

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