The survey was carried out by the International Republican Institute (IRI) during 2012 revealed that the popularity of the PML-N has incremented from 28 percent to 32 percent, while the popularity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf has decline from 24 percent to 18 percent and it attained second position, whereas Pakistan Peoples Party attained third position with 14 percent vote bank. Balochistan is the only province where the PPP’s popularity showed upward trend.
Pakistan Muslim League-Q which is losing its popularity could secure only two percent votes.
The report further revealed that the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has gained much popularity which is 32 percent. The PML-N also gained popularity from 9 percent to 12 percent, JUI (F) also gain popularity in the province.
In Punjab the popularity of the PML-N increased from 43 percent to 49 percent, where asPPP also gain popularity from 7 percent to 8 percent, while the graph of PTI popularity is 19 percent.
In Balochistan, the popularity of all the political parties increased except PTI. The popularity of the PML-N has increased from 8 percent to 13 percent, PPP from 5 percent to 18 percent, JUI (F) from 4 to 8 percent.
In Sindh the popularity of PPP has declined from 39 percent to 32 percent, PML-N popularity increased from 6 percent to 8 percent, MQM from 11 percent to 16 percent, the popularity of PTI is 9 percent and that of PML-Q is only one percent.
According to the survey majority of the people opposed the South Punjab province. 32 percent people considered inflation as the biggest problem in Pakistan, whereas 20 percent considered unemployment as the number one problem. —INP