Islamabad—Although the public approval ratings for the federal government has shown improvement from 2015, yet it remains negative on most governance indicators. According to the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development And Transparency (PILDAT)’s opinion poll on the quality of governance and democracy during the third year of the Currently Elected Federal and Provincial Governments, June 2015-May 2016, 10 out of 27 nationwide respondents rated the governance indicators of the federal government positive. In 2015 during a similar survey 6 indicators were rated positive.
The governance in Punjab is rated the highest across nationwide respondents with 67pc Approval Rating followed by KP at 38pc; Balochistan at 26pc while Sindh is rated the lowest nationwide with 25pc approval rating.
Respondents from KP rated KP governance most positive on 18 out of 25 Governance Indicators; Punjab respondents rated 15 out of 25 indicators positively, followed by Balochistan at 12 out of 25 while respondents from Sindh rate only 2 indicators out of 25 positively. Only 35pc of respondents are hopeful of an improved performance by the ECP in the next General Election, compared to 38pc in 2015. The nationwide respondents term Terrorism as Biggest Current Issue followed by Inflation and Energy Crisis; in 2015 Energy Crisis was rated as the biggest issue.
The PILDAT nationwide poll was conducted during August 11-August 31, 2016 following the completion of the third year of the Federal and Provincial Governments in office. The respondents for the survey included 3,610 citizens from rural and urban areas from 85 Districts of all the four Provinces of Pakistan, using Systematic Random Sampling Approach. The fieldwork for the report was done in Face-to-Face Interviews in Respondents’ Homes.
When the respondents were asked to evaluate performance of their province on individual ‘Governance indicators’, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa received the most positive Approval Ratings for 18 out of 25 indicators. KP is followed by Punjab where Punjab residents have positively rated 15 out of 25 indicators (in 2015 the residents had rated 8 out of 25 indicators positively).