PML-N govt outshines PPP in performance: poll

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ISLAMABAD: Even before completing a year in power, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has outshined the previous Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) regime, with a majority of Pakistanis satisfied with its performance and policies, shows a recent Gallup Pakistan report.
The report said that despite inheriting a fragile economy, deteriorating law and order, strain ties with neighbouring countries, rampant corruption, and uncontrollable inflation, the PML-N government managed to put the things in order through independent and prudent policies since coming into power in June last.
The Gallup’s Annual Public Pulse Report 2014 reveals that the PML-N government’s overall performance ratings showed a huge improvement over that of the PPP government by 59% points.
It got a ‘green card’ (favourable views exceed unfavourable views) in the overall running of the government. As many as 55% gave it favourable rating.
The Gallup’s study is based on findings from a nationally representative poll in the rural and urban areas of all the four provinces. 
Sample size was 2,596 adult men and women, face to face interviews, selected through probability sampling method; error margin was kept at 3-5% at 95% confidence level. Fieldwork was carried out from January 6 to 13, 2014.
For the six key indicators – economy, Pak-India relations, overall foreign policy, terrorism control, corruption control and inflation control – the present government received positive comparative net performance ratings. 
“Economy recorded a positive 48% comparative net performance, Pak India relations 22%, foreign policy 33%, terrorism control 31%, corruption control 36% and inflation control 20% net change,” says the report.
The net performance ratings for political leaders rated Nawaz Sharif (PML-N) at the top with 18% favourable rating. Imran Khan (PTI) was rated at minus (-) 5%, Asif Ali Zardari (PPP) at -28%, Altaf Hussain (MQM) -39%, Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F) at -21% and Asfandyar Wali Khan (ANP) as -34%. 
The rating of former JI chief Syed Munawar Hassan remained unchanged.
On issues of controlling inflation, terrorism and corruption, the present government showed an improvement over the previous government by 20%, 31% and 36%, respectively. 
The Gallup Pakistan survey shows that the government performance still needed improvement but it was far better than that of the PPP government. 
However, despite some issues needing attention, the PML-N government got a green card in the overall running of the government, with 55% favourable and 40% unfavourable score, with a positive balance of 15% points.
A year ago, only 27% had given favourable and 71% negative ratings to the PPP government, with a negative balance of 44% points.
Another aspect covered by the Gallup Pakistan Survey is the performance of provincial chief ministers (CMs). Performance of Punjab CM was rated as ‘very good’ by 21% people and ‘good’ by 28%. Sindh CM obtained 6% ‘very good’ while KP CM and Balochistan CM got mere 4% rating as ‘very good’. 

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