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Published Date: Jul 5, 2014

PTI popularity increased in one year: SDPI survey

Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has gained more popularity in masses during the
last one year compared to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan
Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N, says a survey report launched by the
Sustainable Development Policy Institute launched here on Thursday.

the results, PTI’s public preference raised from 24 percent to 33
percent while the PPP and PML-N’s declined on the same front from 23
percent to 19 percent, and 30 percent to 17 percent respectively.

earlier two surveys, Political Barometer I & II, had pointed out
the deviation of political parties from their manifestos during the

Speaking on the occasion, SDPI’s Executive Director
Dr Abid Suleri said rupee appreciation showed stability in the country’s
economy but the general public, in spite of giving its reward to the
PPP and PML-N, was more inclined to give the rein of country to the PTI

He further said the government’s performance
at the federal level was not satisfactory due to which the provincial
governments accused the federal government of poor performance.

Deputy Executive Director Dr Vaqar Ahmed said people were more
interested in domestic and local issues instead of dialogue with the
Taliban. The hopes and expectations of people were higher before the
budget 2014-2015 but the budget disappointed many in terms of a cut-down
on educational and health allocation, he added.

He said
budget was mainly focused on infrastructure development such as Metro
Bus, and drastically ignored the prevailing energy crisis and other
macroeconomic indicators including food price inflation and employment
opportunities etc.

He maintained that before the PML-N
took over the federal government in 2013, its manifesto promised
increase in tax to GDP and broadening the tax net whereas according to
the survey the government granted a lot of tax exemptions to its
favourite politicians.

Shakeel Ahmed Ramay, head of
Climate Change, SDPI, said majority of the opinion poll surveys around
the world had their own strengths and limitations.

may be mentioned that the survey was conducted in the first half of May
in 32 randomly selected districts including Karachi, Hyderabad,
Mirpurkhas, Dadu, Larkana, Sukkur, Quetta, Zhob, Gwadar, Turbat,
Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha,
Sahiwal, Multan, Khanewal, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Bhakkar, Layyah,
Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar, Tank, Abbottabad,
Mansehra, Haripur, and Swat.

Stratified random sampling
technique was used to integrate various demographic elements into the
survey. The first stratum was based on ethno-linguistic lines, the
second was based on provincial population, the third on gender and the
fourth on urban-rural divide.

The survey also
distinguished between four different age groups and took into account
respondents from across different income groups and educational levels.

reference for the demographic sample of the survey was the 1998
population census data available online. The urban-rural sample,
however, was calculated based on the sample of the 2011-2012 Household
Integrated Economic Survey.