Majority ‘highly satisfied’ with Nawaz govt: Pildat

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Quality of democracy better, policies in good direction

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—According to a nationwide public opinion poll by PILDAT conducted at the end of the 3rd year of the current Federal and Provincial governments, June 2015-May 2016, majority of Pakistanis expressed satisfaction with the democratic system, with 54 per cent of the respondents saying ‘Highly Satisfied’ or ‘Satisfied’ with quality of democracy.
Public satisfaction has been fairly consistent over the first three years of the currently elected governments on the overall quality of democracy, say findings of a survey conducted by the parliamentary watchdog.
The proportion of respondents who were satisfied with the existing democratic system at the end of 2nd year of elected governments, June 2014-May 2015, stood at 58pc. Moreover, at the end of 1st year of the elected governments, June 2013-May 2014, this figure stood at 55pc.
With regards to provincial breakdowns, respondents from Sindh seemed to be least satisfied with overall quality of democracy, with only 32pc of the respondents looking favourably upon it. This was followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 58pc, Punjab at 61pc and Balochistan at 66pc.
Support for the overall quality of democracy at the end of the 3rd year was greater amongst urban section of the country’s population, with 58pc of the respondents from urban areas looking favorably upon it, in comparison to 47pc of the respondents in Pakistan’s rural areas.
Even though satisfaction with the overall quality of democracy remains consistently positive, the favourable outlook with regards to democracy as a system of government has seen a decline of 11 percentage points in three years compared to the first year.
At the end 3rd year, only 56pc of the nationwide respondents believe democracy to be the best system of government, as compared to 67pc at the end of the 1st year and 64pc at the end of the 2nd year.
A relative minority of 28pc of the respondents felt that the military is best suited to govern Pakistan.
Of greater interest is that over the course of three years since General Election 2013, this proportion of respondents has risen by 9 percentage points. It stood at 19pc at the end of 1st year, before rising to 20pc at the end of 2nd year.
These findings are released from PILDAT Public Opinion Poll on the Quality of Democracy in Pakistan for the third year of the Federal and Provincial governments, June 2015-May 2016 on the annual International Day of Democracy, i.e. September 15.