A combined 57 percent of respondents, in a new nationwide poll of Pakistanis by the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Center for Insights in Survey Research believe that Prime Minister Imran Khan was doing a “very good job” while 56 percent have given an approval to the government policies.
The survey results announced on March 14 reveal strong approval ratings for the new government. and reposes confidence in the July 2018 elections.
According to the survey the respondents expressed their concern over the state of the economy, but at the same time 17 per cent said Prime Minister Imran Khan was doing a “good job” and 40 percent said they agree with his policies.
“Poor economic conditions are a significant source of concern for Pakistanis,” said Johanna Kao, IRI Regional Director for Asia. “Despite Pakistan’s economic challenges, confidence in the new government and the prime minister is high. Pakistanis seem to be willing to give the government time to deliver on its campaign promises, which will require difficult economic reforms to revitalize the country’s struggling economy.”
A plurality of respondents; 40 percent said that they were willing to give the government one year; 26 percent said two years, and 14 percent said he has started delivering on their campaign promises.
“The survey suggests that the government’s performance will be judged primarily on its ability to address pressing economic concerns,” said Johanna Kao.