No party enjoys clear lead in voter support: Survey

February 10, 2013 - 1:31:36 am


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani voters appear divided on who to vote for in the upcoming elections and which issues are most critical for the country, according to the Political Barometer, an opinion survey conducted by the Herald in partnership with the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

The survey involved 1,283 respondents in 54 districts across Pakistan.

Of those who said they had registered for the upcoming elections and indicated a party preference, 29 percent said they would vote for the PPP. Twenty-five percent support the PML-N and 20 percent plan to vote for the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI).

Dispelling the notion that the PTI’s votes are concentrated among young voters, the survey’s findings indicate that the party derives support from people of all ages.

While 23 percent of those in the 18-to-35 age group said they would vote for PTI, approximately 19 percent of those aged between 36 and 70 also said the same.

Thirty-three percent of those aged 36 to 50 support PPP. Forty-six percent of those over 70 prefer PML-N.


Bomb kills family of six in Kandahar

KANDAHAR: A landmine explosion ripped through a civilian vehicle in southern Afghanistan and killed six members of a family, provincial authorities said yesterday.

“Six people, all on board — two elderly men, two women and two men — were killed in a landmine explosion in Nad Ali district of Helmand province,” Ahmad Zirak, the provincial governor’s spokesman, said.

The blast at around 7pm on Friday took place as they were travelling from one village to another in the district, Zirak added.