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EXCLUSIVE: AL JAZEERA-GALLUP PAKISTAN SURVEY
Pakistan: State of the nation
Exclusive Al Jazeera opinion poll in Pakistan reveals most resent US 'interference'.
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2009 08:40 GMT

Military Operation Drone Attacks Dialogue vs Offensive President Zardari Pakistan Peoples Party 'Best' leader Taliban threat vs US, India

An exclusive Al Jazeera survey of public opinion in Pakistan has revealed widespread disenchantment with the United States for interfering with what most people consider internal Pakistani affairs.

Gallup Pakistan, an affiliate of the Gallup International polling group, carried out the survey.

The field work was done among more than 2,500 men and women across the rural and urban areas of all four provinces of Pakistan on July 26 and 27 this year. The field work was done face to face. The margin of error is + 2-3 per cent at 95 per cent confidence level.

Further details are available in the Methods Report.

On military operations

Question: Some people favour the military operation by the government against the Taliban, while some oppose. What is your view?

Favour

41%

Oppose

24%

Neutral

22%

Don't Know

13%

Total

100%

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

Favour

Oppose

Neutral

Don't know/No response

PPP

52

23

18

7

PML-N

31

23

25

21

MQM

62

17

17

4

ANP

79

2

19

0

JUI / MMA

16

64

10

10

All Others Parties

43

27

19

11

Other responses

34

26

25

15

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

50

25

21

4

Punjabi

28

25

25

22

Sindhi

64

23

8

5

Pashto

49

20

18

13

All others languages

45

23

26

5

Age-wise

 

 

 

 

Under 30

42

19

24

15

30 - 50

40

27

20

13

51+

43

27

22

9

Gender-wise

 

 

 

 

Men

42

23

23

12

Women

39

24

21

16

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On drone attacks

Question: Do you favour or oppose drone attacks by the United States against Taliban and al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan?

Favour

9%

Oppose

67%

Neutral

24%

Total

100%

 

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

Favour

Oppose

Neutral

Don't know/No response

PPP

8

67

24

0

PML-N

9

62

29

0

MQM

7

79

14

0

ANP

6

91

3

0

JUI / MMA

2

79

19

0

All Others Parties

16

58

24

2

Other responses

5

71

19

4

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

5

75

19

1

Punjabi

8

58

33

1

Sindhi

8

70

21

2

Pashto

6

65

27

1

All others languages

14

80

6

0

Age-wise

 

 

 

 

Under 30

11

67

20

1

30 - 50

7

64

28

1

51+

3

80

16

1

Gender-wise

 

 

 

 

Men

9

68

22

1

Women

8

65

26

1

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On dialogue vs military action

Question: In your view, should the Pakistani government have a dialogue with the Taliban of Swat, or carry out military action? Some people support dialogue, others support military action. What is your view?

Military Action

41%

Dialogue

43%

Don't Know

16%

Total

100%

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

Military action

Dialogue

Don't know/No response

PPP

51

36

12

PML-N

33

23

21

MQM

41

53

6

ANP

60

38

1

JUI / MMA

28

61

11

All Others Parties

44

40

16

Other responses

35

48

17

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

39

53

8

Punjabi

33

40

27

Sindhi

52

39

9

Pashto

50

34

16

All others languages

46

49

5

Age-wise

 

 

 

Under 30

38

45

17

30 - 50

44

39

17

51+

31

53

16

Gender-wise

 

 

 

Men

43

43

14

Women

37

42

20

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On President Asif Ali Zardari

Question: Some people believe Asif Zardari is a good leader for Pakistan, while others believe he is a bad leader. In your view, is his leadership good or bad for Pakistan?

Good

11%

Bad

42%

Neither good nor bad / Does not matter

34%

Don't Know

13%

Total

100%

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

Good

Bad

Neither good nor bad

Don't know/No response

PPP

11

42

34

13

PML-N

3

52

26

20

MQM

3

60

32

5

ANP

7

43

44

6

JUI / MMA

0

48

42

10

All Others Parties

6

33

53

8

Other responses

6

46

33

15

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

6

55

34

6

Punjabi

2

48

30

20

Sindhi

36

28

28

8

Pashto

11

26

53

10

All others languages

23

39

34

4

Age-wise

 

 

 

 

Under 30

13

40

34

13

30 - 50

10

43

33

13

51+

8

45

39

8

Gender-wise

 

 

 

 

Men

13

44

33

10

Women

9

40

35

16

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On the Pakistan Peoples Party

Question: Some people believe the PPP's government is good for the country, while others believe it is bad. What is your view?

Good

20%

Bad

38%

Neither good nor bad / Does not matter

30%

Don't Know

12%

Total

100%

 

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

Good

Bad

Neither good nor bad

Don't know/No response

PPP

57

10

25

8

PML-N

8

47

27

18

MQM

4

60

31

6

ANP

3

42

55

0

JUI / MMA

3

58

37

2

All Others Parties

18

36

41

6

Other responses

11

45

30

15

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

12

51

29

8

Punjabi

8

42

31

19

Sindhi

56

14

24

6

Pashto

19

34

43

4

All others languages

35

36

22

8

Age-wise

 

 

 

 

Under 30

21

38

29

12

30 - 50

20

36

31

13

51+

15

46

30

9

Gender-wise

 

 

 

 

Men

25

38

27

12

Women

15

37

33

15

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On the "best" leader for Pakistan

Question: In your view, which of the following should run the government of Pakistan? In other words, whose rule would be best for Pakistan?

President Zardari

9%

Prime Minister Gilani

13%

Nawaz Sharif

38%

Military Government

8%

PPP & PML-N Government (jointly)

11%

Religious Parties

6%

Others Responses

8%

Don't Know/No Response

7%

Total

100%

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

President Zardari

Prime Minister Gilani

Nawaz Sharif

Military rule

PPP & PML-N (jointly)

Religious parties

All other responses

Don't know

PPP

27

27

9

6

13

4

4

9

PML-N

1

4

71

3

10

2

2

7

MQM

4

22

3

47

3

7

15

0

ANP

1

32

5

16

11

2

34

0

JUI / MMA

1

8

40

2

1

40

9

0

All Others Parties

10

12

21

11

13

10

18

4

Other responses

5

8

38

6

16

11

7

9

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

6

15

15

27

13

11

10

3

Punjabi

4

7

60

3

8

2

2

14

Sindhi

31

15

10

6

23

3

12

1

Pashto

11

21

26

15

9

9

8

1

All others languages

10

21

30

4

11

12

12

0

Age-wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Under 30

10

12

40

8

10

6

8

5

30 - 50

9

13

38

9

12

6

6

8

51+

9

21

31

10

6

7

10

5

Gender-wise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Men

12

13

38

7

11

7

7

6

Women

6

14

39

11

11

5

7

7

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On the threat from the Taliban vs the USA and India

Question: Some people believe that the (Pakistani) Taliban are the greatest threat to the country, some believe India is the greatest threat, whereas some believe US is the greatest threat. Who do you think is the greatest threat for Pakistan?

(Pakistani) Taliban

11%

India

18%

US

59%

Don't Know

12%

Total

100%

Voting Intention-wise
(Party for which the respondent intends to vote if elections were held today)

(Pakistani) Taliban

India

US

Don't know/No response

PPP

15

20

61

5

PML-N

9

16

56

19

MQM

12

26

59

3

ANP

6

26

68

1

JUI / MMA

1

19

64

16

All Others Parties

8

20

60

12

Other responses

16

16

59

9

Language-wise
(Mother Tongue of respondent)

Urdu

12

20

62

6

Punjabi

10

21

51

19

Sindhi

30

3

64

2

Pashto

9

23

52

15

All others languages

4

18

78

1

Age-wise

 

 

 

 

Under 30

10

19

60

12

30 - 50

12

19

56

13

51+

11

13

72

4

Gender-wise

 

 

 

 

Men

13

21

57

10

Women

9

16

61

14

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Source:
Al Jazeera
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