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That Pakistan has had a tumultuous year would be a statement unnecessarily trite — it seems all years have been tumultuous recently, distinguishable only by their degree of tumult. A year that comes at the heels of an election tends to be unique, however, laden with higher levels of expectations. Nawaz Sharif assumed office on June 4, 2013 with a decisive mandate at the federal level, an old face that nonetheless symbolised a change from the previous government. He must have known that the Pakistan he was preparing to preside over was starkly different from the one whose helm he had to relinquish in 1999. Yet, as the year progressed, it became increasingly clear that his style of leadership – centralised and autocratic, selectively confrontational but predominantly passive – has remained largely unchanged, rooted in a bygone era. Could it be then that, within a year, the anti-incumbency sentiment that helped Nawaz Sharif obtain a sweeping victory at the polls (a victory which continues to be vociferously challenged, it must be noted) has already begun turning against him?

This public opinion survey, conducted by Herald in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, sets out to assess precisely such questions, asking people from across Pakistan – 1,354 of them – how they feel the government, at both the federal and provincial levels, performed in the past year. The results illustrate an electorate not particularly pleased: more than three quarters of the public (77 per cent) rate the performance of the federal government as no better than average, and only a marginally smaller proportion (68 per cent) feel the same way about the performance of their respective provincial governments. Of course, it is possible to interpret these results in a different manner: given that more than a third of respondents (37 per cent) rated the performance of the federal government as average, it can be argued that, actually, public verdict isn't particularly damning — after all, more than 60 per cent of respondents deem the PMLN-led government's performance as at least average, which isn't a bad score at all.

Technically speaking, both interpretations are correct. They serve to illustrate the fundamental dilemma of data: that it can be interpreted to support starkly different points of view and, yet somehow, still remain technically true. Nonetheless, a certain disenchantment does appear to pervade the survey. Middling responses, such as 'don't know', 'unchanged' and 'average', appeared to be popular answer options for many questions. One hapless respondent, on being asked to cite improvements under the current federal government, retorted 'Ittefaq Group', a reference to the sprawling Sharif family business; another scribbled 'sirf dhoka' (only fraud) in the column of the questionnaire. But is this dejection symptomatic of a deeper malaise or only natural in a post-election year, as the government busies itself with the unglamorous task of actual governance?

Surveys of this sort can only be a snapshot, an attempt to feel the pulse of a nation at a particular point in time. The fieldwork for this survey took place in May; the month immediately after has been extraordinarily eventful, even by Pakistan's chaotic standards: an airport attacked, a budget announced, a military operation launched, the leader of a political party arrested in London and protesters subjected to unprecedented levels of police brutality in Lahore. What would the 1,354 respondents of the survey have to say about these developments and to what extent would it colour their existing opinions? It is difficult to say – let’s leave that for a future survey – but it would serve politicians and policymakers well to pay close attention to public sentiment. The current government(s) has another four years in front of them – and for the sake of democracy, all political parties, including those in the opposition and on the fray, must ensure that they are allowed those four years – but eventually, another election will roll around.

— By Alizeh Kohari




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Ehsan Karim Jul 17, 2014 03:42pm
Wow.. I said wow for your work (Illustration, design and specailly data analysis)
sardar tayyab hadier Jul 17, 2014 03:50pm
Nice one
Hassan Jul 17, 2014 03:56pm
Hmmm... interesting statistics. Good to see KP government scoring high on Education, Health, Corruption control and Counter terrorism in KP. I think their priorities are right. Other provinces need to follow, infrastructure is important but not as much as education, health and law & Order
Israr Khan Ismailzai Jul 17, 2014 04:08pm
PTI the most favt party with much better performance in KPK, hmmmm, interesting.
fahad Jul 17, 2014 04:15pm
Excellent survey, very detailed and professionally presented..Seems like PTI has really made a difference in the eyes of its countrymen compared more than any other party! PPP, if keeps going like this, are going to be wiped out from politics soon.
tayyaba Jul 17, 2014 04:15pm
excellent data analysis
Umair Jul 17, 2014 04:16pm
Good to see that KPK govt has made significant improvements in health, education and corruption in the provinces. extremely disappointed with Sindh govt. Punjab govt needs to focus more on education and health rather than infrastructure. Also glad to see Balochistan govt making progress in education and culture. As far as inflation and industrial development goes I think Federal govt shall play an active role, since all provinical govts are struggling and they should let go of Musharraf.
Zain Jul 17, 2014 04:22pm
So people would vote for PTI but rate Shahbaz the best and federal performance pretty okay too (only 15% rated it negatively, 11% for PTI in KPK and 9% for N in Punjab).
usama Jul 17, 2014 04:25pm
KPK govt has dominated Punjab and other governments according to this survey. Less corruption and better security. Improved health and education. Punjab largely unchanged. And Sindh is in the dark.
asim khan Jul 17, 2014 04:27pm
This clearly shows that PTI's vote was stolen by PML-N in punjab. Clear proof!!! Most people favoured PTI over PML-N last year and even now!!!
Irfan Jul 17, 2014 04:37pm
Good and very useful information. Thanks!
SKhan Jul 17, 2014 05:02pm
Wonderful infographic & most insightful. Thank you for sharing. I agree that the Federal govt has a LOT more to do, Punjab & KPK are comparitively progressive but Sindh continues to go down the gutter thanks to the ruling elite PPP
Remarks Jul 17, 2014 05:40pm
PTI wins the match
sunny Jul 17, 2014 05:43pm
We all love PTI.
Atta.Abbasi Jul 17, 2014 05:46pm
It all shows the priorities of punjab and federal government. Where as Kpk government has set his direction in the fields of health care education and sports.
fahd Jul 17, 2014 06:00pm
The question "Do you think the condition of non muslims improved..." shows that education is not necessarily correlated with enlightenment ! The primary educated gave the most reasonable response !
Imad Shah Jul 17, 2014 06:14pm
Nice to see Imran khan and PTI are tackling corruption. Keep it up
Jaz Jul 17, 2014 06:20pm
Govt is never liked by Pakistanis in our history specially elected government. every govt has to bear criticism ????
Muhammad Fraz Ajmal Jul 17, 2014 06:24pm
It is a very informative, detailed, well distributed survey, that breaks down all data according to the desired fields. Colours in some sections, however, can be a hindrance to deciphering the data as they may be easily confused with each other for some people. Perhaps lines or basic patterns can be used and the design revised for poor quality computer screens, people with colour vision deficiencies, etc. Apart from this, the survey quality of work and design is great.
Itsqashi Jul 17, 2014 06:28pm
Problem with such surveys, they conducted with big cities people major part of population is in villages. Because of such survey PTI though they will be winner in last election but root level people gave vote to PMLN in majority and I believe it is still the same. Terrorism is gone almost which is biggest issue in last election PMLN did that almost so credit should give to them.
just_someone Jul 17, 2014 06:49pm
The standard errors on those M,Phil/PhD responses are probably enormous!.
abdul manan Jul 17, 2014 06:53pm
hmm,economics,Development program,foreign relation improved in pakistan last 1 year and 'Politics' figure will change every 6 month.
M aslam Jul 17, 2014 07:31pm
It looks this survey is conducted on digital media. Indeed on media, IK is leading since he invested a lot on media. But remember there are 70-80% silent population who keep away from media and rallies, but whenever nation call them, they standup and vote for the proper leadership. These are the people who vote for PML against unionist party during 1946 votes in Punjab and clear to way for Pakistan. These are the people who selected NS three times and will select his 4th time as well whenever new elections will come.
Buzz Jul 17, 2014 07:43pm
Good attempt by Herald, but a country as diverse (socio-economically, ethnically, etc) as Pakistan, would need a larger sample size than 1354 people. Just my opinion.
Muhammad Jamil Jul 17, 2014 07:56pm
Although the sample size is too small, and is not sufficient for such surveys. But the analysis, graphical representation and compilation of this survey is just awesome. Good stuff.
Bilal Rasheed Jul 17, 2014 08:28pm
EXCELLENT SURVEY - Neutral analysis - showed many flaws of PTI in KPK that need improvement yet made me HAPPY to see that finally a GENUINE SURVEY revealed the facts and malicious intentions of PML N led dicriminatory SHAREEF KINGDOM.
NN. Jul 17, 2014 09:27pm
It seems that most people have little knowledge or are confused about the law and order situation in Pakistan. Do you have stats about economy according to education level of the respondents?
Ibrahim Saeed Jul 17, 2014 09:34pm
This is fantastic. Really does put it into context how various demographics of people are viewing the situation. It is very different from from class to class. I wonder how much of the ratings were based on general perception and how much of it on facts. Were the respondents given information on performance prior to the survey ?
zafar Jul 17, 2014 09:40pm
It would help if both the method of how the survey was conducted and how the sampling was done is clarified . Both these can severely skew the outcome and lead to misconceptions with serious repercussions as we are seeing currently. In the elections of 2013 PTI thought it was a very popular party, and it indeed was, but only with a certain minority section of the society.
Fareed (usa) Jul 17, 2014 09:56pm
PTI most favoured ? Yet Sharifs are the winners. No wonder IK is asking for recount of the votes
Muhammad Saboor Khan Jul 17, 2014 10:11pm
I am fully agree with this comprehensive survey.They did very hard work with finding of this survey.
Iqbal Khan Jul 17, 2014 10:12pm
I see this is a great news for the KPK govt. as nobody usually satisfied from the current govts. whosoever. It is appreciated that the KPK govt has spent more resources on health and education than other sectors. A healthy and educated society can contribute for the betterment of a country.
JJ Jul 17, 2014 11:05pm
Great job!
Zia Jul 17, 2014 11:22pm
Although media is not supporting PTI, survey results show that it is performing well in KP. People love to have PTI government in the center too.
Karim abbasi Jul 17, 2014 11:48pm
nice i think its true survy ,
Khayyam Jul 17, 2014 11:53pm
such surveys are useless where literacy rate no more than 60%.
Haroon Rashid Jul 18, 2014 12:02am
Beautiful Work
Haroon Rashid Jul 18, 2014 12:04am
Health Care, Education, Corruption. KPK govt got above 60. While Punjab landed at much lesser numbers. Still Shahbaz is better CM than Pervaiz Khattak by good margin doesn't make sense.
Muhammad Faran Khalid Jul 18, 2014 12:44am
Your team had done a great job. wish you best of luck for future.
Kamran Khan Jul 18, 2014 01:05am
The ultimate result of the great educational and health policies of KPK government would affect other sectors too, like employment and jobs. Better educated youth would have better chances to get better jobs and start great careers.
ali Jul 18, 2014 01:07am
time of survey is unfavorable to incumbent federal government. from may to uptill now, the government remains in a very critical situation due to the large outside and inside problems. I do not think that reliability factor could be ensured in this survey.
Ali Jul 18, 2014 01:08am
we need to get zaid hamid into office, he has some good ideas for the country.
jamil abbasi Jul 18, 2014 01:11am
Good to see that PTI has done well in areas that our country really needs.
abdul manan Jul 18, 2014 01:12am
@M aslam agree
Muhammad Sarfraz Jul 18, 2014 01:17am
I am happy to see KPK government has shown a great improvement. As expected PMLN government failed to deliver and that was the reason I never supported them and will not do so in future. I also believe corruption in elections must be exposed to ensure the respect for the right of vote to the masses.
waseem Jul 18, 2014 01:20am
Fraud survey by Herald.
zeeshan gondal Jul 18, 2014 01:27am
yes, PTI keep it up <3
Anwer Siddiqui Jul 18, 2014 01:52am
Valuable and well organized data. It's extremely disappointing in my views, because Mr. Nawaz Sharief as a leader had been in this role in past and this time around he had few years to prepare action items and ways to implement them for providing basic needs of life, i.e. electricity, clean water, reduction of inflation and boosting technology, education, and export generating revenue for the county while reducing corruption and violence.
Hanif Jul 18, 2014 01:54am
Masterfully conducted and organized survey. PTI excellent work done specially in providing developments in basics of life.
Arif Khan Jul 18, 2014 02:06am
This means Tsunami will wipe out all opponents in next Elections
Arif Khan Jul 18, 2014 02:09am
@Haroon Rashid Reason being Shahbaz is a one man show whereas in KPK its the Party (PTI) where joint decisions are carried by the CM, shahbaz spends Billions in Advertisements whereas hardly any budget is available to Pervez Khattak for personal grooming & propaganda!
Addi Jul 18, 2014 02:20am
hahahaha... what a joke..... only 1354 responds.... less than my street's PMLN voters.
Dr. Khalid Jul 18, 2014 02:48am
KP seems to be winning. Keep it up! @Zia that is because PTI is not spending on media while the others constantly advertise themselves in one way or an another!
AUH Jul 18, 2014 03:10am
Do you think 1,354 is a large enough sample without huge margin of error for the population of almost 190-200 million?
Amir Nadeem Jul 18, 2014 03:14am
Firstly I think you guys had worked very hard to put this on board ... I appreciate your effort ... You did a very excellent job ... Well done. Secondly growing of PTI is very positive sign for our country.
Salman Latif Jul 18, 2014 03:39am
Wow! This is very precised and yet detailed. Hats off to Herald and SDPI for doing such a wonderful job. Great work guys and keep it up. Regards, Salman
Jamal Jul 18, 2014 03:40am
Here's my two cents... I don't support or like Imran Khan and his PTI
Riaz Khan Marwat Jul 18, 2014 03:47am
Good to see PTI KP govt. is performing well.. they are following party manifesto which rarely followed by any party after winning elections. their priorities are clear to provide good health, education and law&order. Moreover their 1 year performance should be compared with 6 year of PML-N govt. in Punjab. Physical infrastructure is also important but not at the cost of health, education so punjab govt. need to redesign their priorities.
Farhan Jul 18, 2014 04:30am
It is the opinion of only 1300 people . I am not sure about the validity of the survey... It might not reflects the opinion of the whole nation of 180 million. But still it reflects the direction and priorities of the Elected Governments ... Good work KPK and Federal Govt.
Syed Jul 18, 2014 04:48am
PTI is doing very well... keep up the great work Mr. Khan!!
Bravoastori Jul 18, 2014 05:00am
Thanks God PTI Supporters finally accept something , as its in their favor ......
zeeshan mughal Jul 18, 2014 05:57am
PTI the most favt party We all love PTI.I see this is a great news for the KPK govt.
Ahsan Nasir Jul 18, 2014 06:03am
Very, Very nice work! We really have less channels in Pakistan that actually work to export the actual facts to the public rather than showing the negativity. Good work DAWN NEWS!
Data Analyst Jul 18, 2014 06:14am
@ zafar I totally agree with you 100% and on top of that margin of errors is not specified here. Well we are still not there to rely on surveys, but people should start asking these questions. Kudos to the survey team on very hard work in presenting the facts.
Nawaz Shareef Jul 18, 2014 06:45am
Doesn't add numbers.
mohammad khan Jul 18, 2014 07:10am
nice work .. this must be job of an independent body in the parliament and prov assemblies who should do this on a continous basis so they can learn and modify their policies in a very short time. great job anyway. tks.
Hasnain M Ramzan Jul 18, 2014 07:19am
Mmm! Fantastic. You really did great job. Your data analysis is really very attractive. (y)
Ishtiaq Jul 18, 2014 07:20am
Detailed, Comprehensive, and organized effort! well done.
Mumtaz Ahmed Jul 18, 2014 08:16am
Excellent performance by PTI in KPK. Survays looks very detailed and interesting.....
Freeman Jul 18, 2014 08:34am
Dawn never misses a chance to inspire me.
Imran Jul 18, 2014 09:03am
Very unbiased and real democratic analysis..the one we miss in our contry
Shahid Hussain Jul 18, 2014 09:42am
No Doubt PTI was the winner in last elections. It was immense rigging which kept them on back foot. Though this survey is not 100% acceptable since its sample size is very small and It doesn't represent the responses from rural areas where large vote bank exists for any party. But I'm still sure PTI could be leading in these type of surveys even if the responses from rural areas were included. Because everybody wants a true and honest leader which does politics for the people of Pakistan, not for self and Imran Khan is such leader who had no experience in politics but still wanted to start politics, It was only after he saw the state of the poor people in the country who are dying with hunger, deprive of their basic rights, unable to have quick and free justice and so on. Wish you all the best Imran Khan! surely you are the next prime minister of Pakistan. InshAllah.
Akhtar Ali Shahid Jul 18, 2014 09:47am
Its amazing and seems to be a trustworthy survey. Its not only highlights the areas of improvements but also shows the priorities of federal and provincial government !!!
SL Jul 18, 2014 09:47am
Excellent work done by Dawn Group. Database shows where we stand now among other countries especially our neighbor's and what's the performance of our present government which will enable us to choose the next government in coming elections.
Mubashir Fida Jul 18, 2014 10:03am
A very thorough and graphically impressive survey! Keep up the good work...
Mubashir Fida Jul 18, 2014 10:04am
A very thorough and graphically impressive survey. Keep up the good work
Syed Abbas Jul 18, 2014 10:24am
Nice. Really Nice work and deep analysis. Keep it up.
Asad Sultan Jul 18, 2014 10:26am
data of 1300+ people and everyone goes crazy
Muhammad Khan Jul 18, 2014 10:26am
awakening call for PML N to mend its way of governance and try to infuse democratic traditions in the party. its MNAS and MPAs be barred from interference in administrative matters. it must rethink the strategy of Ramzan bazars and construction activity. People really wants change and good and clear intentions of leaders to solve their problems.
Rafiullah Kakar Jul 18, 2014 10:27am
Can anyone provide a link to the methodology of this survey, please?
MTC Jul 18, 2014 10:44am
great & comprehensive working
OG Jul 18, 2014 10:53am
Great work collecting all these data and presenting it in a nice manner. Kudos to the whole team. The graphics are great and look visually appealing. I would just recommend using simple bar charts for showing percentages instead of numbers on a line, as bar charts, even though not very glamorous, present the story and the contrast in numbers in a much quicker and effective way. But very impressed with the overall work. Keep it up.
Ali S Jul 18, 2014 10:58am
What an amazing data presentation - professionalism like this is the reason I enjoy reading Dawn. By the way, as a Karachiite I find it disturbing that PPP (Sindh provincial govt) scored worst on nearly every provincial category yet still the majority of people from Sindh said they'd vote PPP again. I'm not a fan of PTI, but according to the data they seem to be doing quite well in KPK.
Farooq A Qaiser Jul 18, 2014 11:03am
The survey is expressive, detailed and eloborative. A very good effort. Its good that its in favour of PTI, so b ready to receive their joyous compliments, else, these so called educated and inqlabi ppl have left no bad slang, abuses and dirty comments to defame u. May God Almighty give us courage to accept each other with love and care.
Fahad Jul 18, 2014 11:04am
Its good to see how well detailed it is , but the sample taken is very small, if you are taking a survey for the country at least try to include the opinion of 1% or 2% of the population , with the Rural areas also kept in mind and going to many of the rural constituencies. Can people see how bad the situation for sindh is ! its going down like a pack of cards ! some one has to step up and improve this !
Hussain Jul 18, 2014 11:26am
Not entirely surprised. The results are similar to most surveys taken before the election as well. However, the fact of the matter remains that even if Elections are conducted "tomorrow" -there will still be intense rigging, to which the audiences shall remain silent and we shall have the same pack of fools re-elected and Immy K would still be crying over 'dhaandli'. Unless we can have some radical changes in our Law & Order and Judicial system, no matter what these polls suggest. Nothing will change.
Ebad Jul 18, 2014 12:20pm
Building a welfare state through education, rule of law, health, corruption eradication is more important than building roads, flyovers and bus services. Good to see that our people are finally starting to realize this.
Rafiullah Kakar Jul 18, 2014 02:12pm
I really wonder about the sampling technique used in the survey. Would authorities provide a link to the methodology of the survey?
Muzaffar Jul 18, 2014 02:33pm
Impressive! KPK is on top and working on basic things education, health.
Shariq Vohra Jul 18, 2014 02:38pm
A great survey Surely Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf will be in the federal government whenever the next elections take place Inshallah
Shariq Vohra Jul 18, 2014 02:38pm
I love your work Inshallah PTI will win the next elections
Tanvir Afgan Jul 18, 2014 03:10pm
Very exhaustive survey, although sample size was limited. That PTI government in KPK has favorable ratings is no surprise as facts on the ground support this fiding. The KPK government has managed to control the police besides other positive factors as opposed to the Punjab police which is essentially a Bhatta Khaur police sworn to provide personal allegiance to the Mian's of Lahore. SS has otherwise fared well and it is time NS thinks of abdicating in his favor.
Waqar Hussain Jul 18, 2014 03:14pm
It is the great work. We definitely need such elaborated reports for understanding of our country's situation. Loved it. Keep it up...
Jim Jul 18, 2014 03:17pm
Interesting to see how much corruption features in non-KP provinces. Imran khan has more integrity than probably everyone else combined together.
abdul basat Jul 18, 2014 03:40pm
this show pti is the best even in the most critical province of the pakistan
Amir Wahab Jul 18, 2014 04:19pm
Unfortunately peoples of KPK are not satisfied from energy problem,Inflation and infrastructure. the 1st two that are Power sector and Inflation are directly under the federal govt that the peoples should understand while development of infrastructure is slow because in limited resources they are spending more on Health and Education. Also the federal govt is not investing there and are fully ignoring them.
Tahneet Jul 18, 2014 05:23pm
Imran Khan leading KPK in right direction, may ALLAH bless him the federal government (Aameen)
Ahmed Jul 18, 2014 05:50pm
I will Go with PTI .....On Provincial and federal level both as was in last elections
Irfan Jul 18, 2014 07:07pm
@Umair Horrific performance by Sindh performance need to do atleast something for the people to praise. PTI hats off to you, you won the hearts how ever stills few areas to improve like unemployment etc
Irfan Jul 18, 2014 08:24pm
Excellent
Warraich Jul 18, 2014 09:01pm
Most amazing data analysis and presentation I have ever seen. Great work done. Keep it up guys.
Warraich Jul 18, 2014 09:06pm
@Haroon Rashid Brother thats because of advertisements on TV and newspapers with name and photos of Shahbaz Shareef. Pervez Khattak wasn't allowed to put his picture on newspaper advertisements.
Think Jul 18, 2014 09:35pm
Why they dont ask survey questions to the normal human being living every day life. Seems like a very biased Survey...
deura shah Jul 18, 2014 09:58pm
who ever wrote this article, its very well presented!! The difference between PMLN and PTI is quite visible, where PTI wants to work for people and PMLN wants to rule them like slaves!!
M aslam Jul 18, 2014 11:22pm
@Israr Khan Ismailzai Very interested. Count how many dharna they have performed. Count how many demands they made with the FG Count percentage of elapsed funds by KPK govt. Good job- Pay more money to other media groups and they will took your score on further high
Najam Jul 18, 2014 11:40pm
Middle-class politics follows fascist / totalitarian trajectory in countries where authoritarianism is accepted norm thereforeo, I am not surprised by the rise of PTI.
Saqib Jul 18, 2014 11:46pm
@M aslam Aslam Sahab you mentioned 70 to 80% silent voters in your comments who keep away their self from Rallies and Media and at the time of Election they vote for PMLN. I total agree with your opinion. it's true 70, 80% Silent voters who change entire game but i'll add one thing here. i'll not give u value of 70,80% voters but mostly voters of them r salves of Jagairdaras, Vadairas,Sardaras and they vote for some one with the permission of their feudal lords and no doubt most of them (feudal lords) are in favour of PMLN.instead of this favour these feudal lords (Jagirdaras, Vadairas, Sardaras) being gotten their advantages by govt Each and every person who have some senses knew this truth.
M aslam Jul 18, 2014 11:47pm
This survey of 1300 people show how much Dhandli is performed in the election. If Election commission count votes of these 1300 people, IK must win 500 seats in NA. To make a free and fair elections, the parliament should amend the bylaws and should make following ammendments for next elections. 1. Only educated jobless street boys should be allowed to vote. 2. All other parties except for PTI and PAT and TTP should be allowed to contest the election. 3. Presiding officers should be imported preferably from (Ask IK) 4. All supporters of PMLN, PPP, ANP should be barred to vote. They make Dhandli. 5. Every voters should be asked to show his tweet, facebook account and other social media accounts. The number of ballot papers should be issued based on activity on social media for each voters. 6. The counting of votes should be performed by IK himself of his nominated representative. I think this is the only way to perform fair and free election, otherwise every time elections will be held, 70-80% of silent population, who do not participate in Dharna/Jaloos/Jalsa, will participate in Dhandli,
aj Jul 19, 2014 01:25am
This survey is a much needed step towards the evolution of investigative journalism in Pakistan. It is gratifying to know country's print media is moving beyond shock talk and addressing qualitative and substantive issues in an effort to truly educate the electorate. PTI should be commended for sticking to its 'people first' policies. The survey's data speaks volume of their success in capturing the hearts and minds of the electorate. It was interesting to note that to-date 99% of the individuals who opted to leave their comment regarding the survey are males, whatever happened to the opinions of your female readership? Just a thought maybe your organisation should reach out and solicit their comments as well so that we can have a somewhat balanced and inclusive debate.
Mohammed Abbasi Jul 19, 2014 01:59am
Interesting survey
Momnawaz Jul 19, 2014 02:41am
PPP means corruption, why Zardari was successful in keeping fazal, Asfandyar, and choudries with him because he let everyone to share the payee of corruption.
Momnawaz Jul 19, 2014 02:48am
@Saqib Let me tell you that there may be very few % in KP that are being slaved. A very poor are have the honor of a free man
Dystopia Jul 19, 2014 03:59am
The most worrying thing is that people are ready to vote PPP over PMLN again. Seems like we have short memories. And can Punjab quit with the schizophrenic lying? We all know they're voting for PMLN again if elections were held tomorrow.
Fawad Ali Khan Utmanzai Jul 19, 2014 03:59am
I Really appreciate the efforts made by you. PTI is on the top so it means people are satisfied from the work of PTI. We Pray may Allah grant us the true and sincere leadership for our beloved country Pakistan to bring change in the life of common people. Ameen
zafar iqbal ranjha Jul 19, 2014 05:00am
despite of very negative propaganda launched by resource rich N league,PTI is performing exceedingly well in KPK,it must get local bodies election held there on or without biomaterics. Its chief minister has to speed up because the stakes are very high and his success or failure will determine largely the outcome of next election. Imran khan has to keep organization of party above all other things.Merit,justice and fair play has been and shall be his hallmark. He must give full support to army for its ongoing operation against terrorists because his province has been their favorite hunting ground. He may contact the foreign governments specially the govt of UK where sons of the PM are investing billions without paying any tax in Pakistan. Mega projects of N league are not without corruption and commission which are being launched by violating PPRA rules. His growing popularity will invite more personal attacks by Arslan Iftikhars sponsored by his political rivals. ECP shall consist of at least 8members two from each province and it shall decide by two third majority. Rigging is done by ROs and presiding officers who are mainly teachers. POs shall be from armed forces who can ensure free election.
sagheer Jul 19, 2014 07:25am
Haha, and now if election to be held tomorrow and khan gets a beat up again he will protest again that surveys showed us the most popular? 1385 people can really tell you what the trend is? Ridiculous!!!
Muhammad Jul 19, 2014 08:16am
Impressive performance By KP Government in all major departments specially the responses about Corruption,Health Sector and Education. Imran khan and his party deserves appreciation for their performance in the most challenging province.
Basit Iqbal Jul 19, 2014 09:16am
This report to sent All MPAs and MNAs , ( May be they have no time to read news papers or may be they do not know how to read it )Government of Each province got feedback, and feedback control system is to use for the improvement by Each MNAs and MPAs. this survey not to be used for discussion only, practical solution and way forward to be implemented by Government officals, It is really good effort , hope this is transparent report
Jawwad Jul 19, 2014 09:56am
@Asad Sultan - Think of it like this. So many comments but only one made sense.
shaw Jul 19, 2014 10:49am
Good work on info graphics... Now.. print them, Size A0 will do, and put them in front of the Parliament.
Aamir ali Jul 19, 2014 11:09am
Magnificent work about data collection for public opinion. I really impressed by your work.
Mukhtar Mehdi Jul 19, 2014 01:09pm
Brilliant work & great analysis of public opinion depicting the utter failure of the Nawaz Sharif Govt in various segments.
OmarBinAsif Jul 19, 2014 01:43pm
These surveys remain impotent and are as use full as "K: in Knowledge
azam Qadeer Jul 19, 2014 03:21pm
No need to have election now we are all ready poor why pur more burden on the peolple. Election are not free Also wish one person is allow to run for place not 2,3,5 it is all waste of money
Khan Jul 19, 2014 05:22pm
Well done PTI...inshallah next elections PM is from PTI Asad Umar or IK...
Abdul Samad Jul 19, 2014 06:14pm
Wow.. I don't belong to any party, I just love my country and if anyone is doing well OR going on right direction. I am with him. Very good KP govt especially for Education.. Millions of appreciation for education improvements. The country don't need any metro or transport just education and health.
NINO Jul 19, 2014 07:36pm
This is the only correct survey ever carried out by any organisation in the country. Imran Khan is not crying over the results!! PROOF ENOUGH
shahid Jul 19, 2014 07:39pm
who is paying for this cheat survey? some one is really scared of PML-N success.
Salim Jul 19, 2014 08:52pm
Least verifiable and reliable data appeared ... shows inconsistencies in opinion. A good effort but need a major improvement for acceptability.
Asif Hussain Jul 19, 2014 10:33pm
People in general in all countries are very seldom satisfied with their governments, people in Pakistan have become very cynical. It will be more damaging to yank this government out and install a new one. Let this government complete its tenure and than decide in the next election who they want to elect. Imran Khan has been given a golden opportunity to establish his reputation for good governance and this is where he should be spending his energy. He can make suggestions for improved electoral process and fight for implementing them for future elections, I think he will gain more support this way than for him to try and bring this government down.
TASNEEM HAMEED Jul 19, 2014 11:57pm
A good snapshot of the situation quite close to the general perceptions of people. It also helps in knowing about the thinking and priorities of people living in different parts of the country. The most striking revelation is about the effectiveness of Prime minister Nawaz Sharif that could be a cause of concern not only to him . but the whole country.
Kashif Ali Jul 20, 2014 12:06am
i appreciate your statistics but really poor field work. questioning to only 1,354 people from all over Pakistan? means only 0.001% of adult population (about 100000000). at least 5000 rural and 5000 urban population should be involved in survey.
khanman Jul 20, 2014 02:04am
@usama talking about sindh in dark, well i visited sukkur last year for work, i was kind of disapointed that theres drinking water shortage while sukkur is being touched by river from three sides.cant they put a water filteration plant?? how much is it by the way, Mr khurshid shah from sukkur can even finance that filteration plant isnt it.but what to say imcompetency at its peak
M A Iqbal Jul 20, 2014 04:47am
Congratulations to KPK for good governance. PML (noon) should study and learn from their good friends in KPK and give up their ugly arrogance.
Sheikh Jul 20, 2014 07:07am
This clearly shows how the young and educated pakistanis globally support PTI due to the rigorous struggle of IK to build a naya PAK. Inshallah we will form the federal government next time and show these incompetent people how good governance can change the fate of our country that has immense potential.
FJ Siddiqui Jul 20, 2014 08:58am
We must remember that KP government approval or otherwise is based on just 1 year performance that too in an area worst hit area by terrorism. From that point it is an even bigger achievement by KP government. KP Govt must find ways to by pass the blockages in improving power sector put in by federal government. And try to put in place local governments ASAP so that development work can be started in a transparent manner.
FJ Siddiqui Jul 20, 2014 09:01am
@Addi I agree that sample size is relatively small. However, as per theory if one takes a proper random sample from the population it gives close to actual picture. However, the survey authors must report error bound (5% or 10%)
Junaid Bokhari Jul 20, 2014 09:12am
An excellent work.... These are some things which make dawn stand out from other news agencies............... kudos from my side!
Tanvir Hussain Jul 20, 2014 10:33am
Undoubtedly, presentation of the resutls is excellent. However, I am seriously skeptical about the validity of the results as the sampling, target population, and method of data collection are not explained. Seemingly, sample size is not adequate to represent the results at the provincial level, further division by urban/rural, and then linguistic/ethnic groups, etc. To represent 3 million voters in Balochistan (ECP), and higher number in other provinces, a sample of 385 voters (randomly selected) is required for each province (95% confidence interval, 5% error margin). This makes total sample for Pakistan to be 1,540, which is higher than the covered sample of 1,354. Lower error margin will increase this sample size. Urban/rual representation within provinces will double this sample. If the sample is clustered in certain cities or villages (which is not explained), this sample size will need to be increased (30-40%) further to make it representative (design effect). I will be seriously skeptical about the results if the data for such a complex survey was collected through phone calls. Respondents need to be educated a bit about the options they can choose and it can't be explained adequately on phone. Also, it is not clear exactly who were targeted for the survey and how they were short-listed. How the proportion of women and ethnic groups was controled, etc. While researchers may have looked at all or some of these issues, a paragraph is necessary on these issues.
muhammad saquib Jul 20, 2014 12:16pm
govt. must look after internal issues, without loosing time, mega project should be secondrey issues, i dont see good future of politics in Pakistan, all we are guilty, bcz we try to get benefit our selves, even you, me , others, ministers, judges, police, where is benefit we go without loosing time, how we grow up we leave our country as land only, so that, who are looking after our country, we have only army forces to look after, they only hope, PPP only have 20% vote PMLN 20% T. Insaf 30% others 20% marshal LAW 30% like in pakistan, so when election come 30% pakistani dont go to give vots, now we have Tahirulqadri, will not succeed, bcz we all want benefit for our-self, and he is thinking about change the sistem, not easy, what i am observing. Only few Pakistani wants this sistem even Imran Khan, other parties which are with Tahirulqadri to help revolution they willbe chang after achive their targets. thats why you and me should be understand, Pakistani need to be govern by Army only.
haroon Jul 20, 2014 12:32pm
@Buzz yes agree but it is an action in right direction
Azhar Jul 20, 2014 12:37pm
@zafar "PTI was very popular during 2013 but only with a certain minority section of the society", you are really confused Zafar. How can PTI be VERY popular if it is popluar only with a CERTAIN MINORITY SECTION of the society? Look at the survey figures, PTI is most popular at Federal level with 33% votes against only 17% of PMLN and in Punjab with 43% against only 25% of PMLN. Just wake up and open your eyes to reality.
Bilal Jul 20, 2014 01:04pm
Thats great so see PTI performing good in a neutral survey, and feeling pity on PMLN performing too bad in only year, To be fair enough, the positives of KPK is due to PTI like Curruption, Heath, Education and negativities are, in genuine case, are due to Federal. But this survey is ranking these negativities like Energy crisis, terrorism, inflaction to KPK, Unfair,
Ajmal AHMADANI Jul 20, 2014 03:47pm
Good to see that KPK govt has made significant improvements in health, education and corruption in the provinces. extremely disappointed with Sindh govt. Punjab govt needs to focus more on education and health rather than infrastructure. Also glad to see Balochistan govt making progress in education and culture. As far as inflation and industrial development goes I think Federal govt shall play an active role, since all provinical govts are struggling and they should let go of Musharraf.
Rauf Jul 21, 2014 04:51am
Creating a survey worth only about 1300 opinions in itself is a joke and dhandli. It is an imrani survey put in action by imrani mafia. Nothing on ground has changed really and nothing is going to change.
Nadir Jul 21, 2014 12:44pm
Very well researched, covering almost all relevant topics. It appears that the PTI's efforts have been appreciated whereas most other provincial governments have much yet to do. Disappointing that despite the PPP's apathetic history and performance in Sindh, many are still inclined to vote for them. Low percentages for the Federal Government's handling of issues reflects its lackluster first year. If the PTI is to continue in this way, with its reforms bearing fruit, the PML-N will have to renew confidence in its own loyalists. It appears more highways, bullet trains, and bus projects are to follow.
Muhammad Ali Jul 22, 2014 02:48am
PTI performance is very good inspite of the blames that they have no experience
Zafar Iqbal Lawa Jul 22, 2014 03:40pm
Glad to see this survey and appreciate it very much. PTI is doing their best job in KPK and more improvements will come Inshallah after this. PTI should also check the weak areas and should improve them. My best wishes are always with PTI. GOOD JOB DONE PTI ZINDABAD
khyizer khan Jul 23, 2014 12:06pm
yeah this is correct.KPk govt keep struggling on finish corruption.education sector is also get better day by day.health department is aslo going to right way.we are seeing really good governece in kpk.but the problem is that our province suffer from loadshedding.And in sha Allah this problem should be solve soon
M Sohail shah Jul 23, 2014 05:08pm
I think KP govt has doing great job untill ,specially in health and education.They have doing great job Good luk for the next....