According to the Gallup survey, Asif Zardari, Shahbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are the most disliked leaders of the country.
Former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan is the most popular politician in Pakistan till date.
A survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan in the first three weeks of February found that 61 percent of Pakistanis voted for Imran Khan, compared to just 36 percent for his rivals, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and current foreign minister Bilawal, respectively. The popularity of Pakistanis has come to the fore.
The survey was conducted with around 2,000 respondents covering all four provinces, and urban and rural areas.
According to Gallup Pakistan’s survey of the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022, current Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were the most popular politicians in Pakistan, whose popularity graph was more than 50 percent, while that of the then Prime Minister Imran Khan. Popularity had risen to 36 percent. And this was due to the poor performance of Imran Khan’s cabinet.
Inflation was cited as the main reason for the dismissal of Imran Khan’s government because his economic team had failed miserably to control inflation because he had inherited the economic crisis and had to learn hard after assuming power. Opposition was faced.
Imran Khan’s government was ousted in April 2022 through a no-confidence motion.
According to a Gallup Pakistan poll conducted a few months before Imran Khan’s ouster, more than 80 percent of Pakistanis cited the economy as the biggest problem, with 64 percent citing inflation as the biggest problem. While Imran Khan came to power with the slogan of creating a new Pakistan.
Economic conditions have worsened since the Shehbaz Sharif government came to power in April 2022, and 62 percent of Pakistanis blame the Shehbaz Sharif government for inflation and the collapse of the economy.
The economic crisis has destroyed the political reputation of the Sharif family. Pakistan is facing a severe balance of payments crisis and is facing the risk of default. Foreign exchange reserves have been left to cover less than a month’s worth of imports. Inflation is currently at an all-time high and is unlikely to reach a manageable level anytime soon. The Pakistani rupee has lost more than 50 percent of its value since the no-confidence vote.
According to the latest poll by Gallup Pakistan, the Sharif family’s political reputation degraded, with nearly 60 percent of Pakistanis viewing Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, and Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz negatively.
Former President Asif Ali Zardari and his son and current Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is on the way to improvement, but the majority of Pakistanis view them both negatively, former President Zardari is the most unpopular politician in Pakistan, with 67 percent of Pakistanis giving him bad names. While in his own Sindh province, his opposition has increased by 23%.
According to the survey, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s popularity in Sindh province has further decreased by 10%, due to which power is slipping out of his hands in the urban areas of Sindh.
Interestingly, the Gallup Pakistan survey asked respondents whether they would support a new party made up of “honest” politicians and “technocrats” – the kind of political engineering the military advocates from time to time. A slight majority – 53 percent – said they would support such a setup.