Imran Khan Leads in Public Opinion, reveals Gallup Pakistan’s Latest Survey

In the ever-evolving political landscape of Pakistan, public sentiment plays a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s future. In a recent survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the pulse of the people was measured, revealing intriguing insights into how Pakistanis perceive their political leaders. PTI Chairman Imran Khan, a prominent figure in Pakistani politics, emerged as the leader with the highest public approval rating. A remarkable 61% of Pakistanis expressed a positive opinion of his leadership abilities, accompanied by a relatively modest 37% expressing negativity towards him.

Imran Khan Enjoys High Public Approval

In a recent survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan, PTI Chairman Imran Khan emerged as the leader with the highest public approval rating. It is pertinent to mention that more than 61% of Pakistanis expressed a positive opinion of his leadership abilities. This healthy support by the public was complemented by a relatively lower negative rating, with only 37% of the public expressing negative sentiment towards him.

Regional Breakdown of Approval Ratings

Breaking down the numbers by region, Imran Khan’s approval was particularly strong in Punjab, with 29% of respondents expressing positivity, closely followed by Sindh with 28%. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also showed significant support for Imran Khan, with 14% rating him positively. These statistics position Imran Khan as the most positively rated politician among Pakistan’s provinces.

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Mixed Reviews for Other Political Figures

While Imran Khan enjoyed considerable support, the survey revealed mixed reviews for other prominent political figures in Pakistan.

Shehbaz Sharif received a predominantly negative rating, with 65% of Pakistanis expressing dissatisfaction, while 32% held a positive opinion. Interestingly, respondents from Punjab showed relatively higher approval rates for Shehbaz Sharif compared to other provinces.

Nawaz Sharif received a negative rating from almost three out of five respondents (59%), while 36% held a positive opinion. Notably, respondents from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had a more negative perception of the PML-N supremo compared to those from other provinces.

Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari garnered a positive rating from 36% of respondents, while 57% expressed a negative opinion. Sindh was the province where he received the most positive ratings.

Maryam Nawaz, PML-N Senior Vice President, faced a 61% negative rating, with 34% of respondents expressing a positive opinion. Interestingly, respondents from Punjab showed a more favorable view of her compared to other provinces.

Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman received a negative rating from 57% of respondents, with only 31% holding a positive opinion. Citizens from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were relatively less critical of him.

Former President Asif Ali Zardari received a 67% negative rating and a 27% positive rating. Notably, Zardari’s popularity has increased since 2022, but he remains negatively perceived, particularly in Punjab, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.

PoliticianPositive Rating (%)Negative Rating (%)
Imran Khan6137
Shehbaz Sharif3265
Nawaz Sharif3659
Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari3657
Maryam Nawaz3461
Maulana Fazlur Rehman3157
Asif Ali Zardari2767

Economic Crisis Attribution

The survey also explored perceptions regarding the current economic crisis in Pakistan. A significant 62% of respondents attributed the crisis to the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and PML-N, while only 38% held the previous PTI government responsible. This division largely aligned with the political preferences of the respondents.

Concerns About Unemployment

Regarding unemployment, the survey revealed that 21% of respondents reported that someone in their household had lost their job in the last six months, shedding light on the severity of the unemployment issue in the country.

Support for Honest Political Alternatives

An interesting finding was that 53% of Pakistanis expressed their willingness to switch their allegiance to a new political party if it consisted of “honest political members and technocrats.” This sentiment was particularly pronounced among individuals aged 50 and above, with 8% more males than females favoring such a shift. Surprisingly, PTI had the highest percentage of voters ready to leave their party for a new one, at 52%.

Lastly, the survey revealed that 61% of respondents supported Nawaz Sharif’s immediate return to Pakistan, with the highest proportion of support coming from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (67%) and Punjab (64%).

Concerning PTI Chief Imran Khan’s decision to dissolve the Punjab and KP assemblies, 57% of respondents supported the move. Interestingly, a significant 83% of those supporting the decision intended to vote for PTI, while only 24% of PML-N supporters agreed with the dissolution of assemblies.

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