‘Imran emerges as most popular leader’

Imran Khan

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan is the most popular leader of the country, a recent survey carried out by Global Attitudes Project of the prestigious Pew Research Centre said.

According to the survey released to the media, Imran’s popularity increased by 18 percentage points over the last two years especially among the youth of Pakistan. The survey indicated that 70 per cent of the Pakistani respondents offered commendable words for the PTI chairman. The survey also indicates that PTI’s stand on drone attacks and the war on terror may be the reason for Khan’s increased popularity as he had been a vocal critic of the drone attacks by the US in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

The survey also weighs Asif Ali Zardari’s popularity and shows a significant fall. Zardari’s popularity came down from 64 per cent in 2008 to 14 per cent currently. It also shows a decline in Nawaz Sharif’s popularity (from 79 per cent in 2009 to 62 per cent in 2012) According to the survey, 87 per cent (9 out of 10) people are unhappy with the current political system while almost 89 per cent consider the national economic condition to be worse.

Nearly 87 per cent people consider unemployment and crime to be the major problems for the country, 86 per cent think terrorism is the major threat while 78 per cent are worried about the current political leaderships.-Khaleejtimes