Sharif govt performance average: Poll

June 08, 2014 - 1:50:12 am

ISLAMABAD: More than three quarters of the public regard the federal government’s performance so far as no better than average, an opinion survey conducted by the Herald in partnership with the Islamabad-based Sustainable Development Policy Institute reveals.

The survey, conducted as the Sharif-led government completes its first year in power, engaged 1,354 respondents from across all four provinces and revealed a public not just disillusioned but also deeply divided on key political issues of the day.

Respondents from Sindh exhibit the greatest antipathy towards the federal government, with 26.52 percent terming its performance ‘very poor’, the lowest ranking available.

 Equally disdainful of the state of affairs in their own province, 25.24pc Sindh-based respondents deem the performance of the Qaim Ali Shah government as also ‘very poor’.

The performance of the Punjab government is regarded as the most effective among provincial governments by 65.73 per cent of all respondents, followed by that of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at 16.54 percent. 

Only 2.44 percent of all respondents regarded the Balochistan government’s performance as the best. 

Within the province itself, however, the number of respondents who view their provincial government’s performance as being the best is significantly higher at 15.38 percent.

Almost 50 percent of all respondents regard Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to have been the most effective chief executive in the past year, followed by Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak (15.36 percent) and Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah (11.15 percent). 

Only 10.49 percent of respondents regard Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to have been the most effective chief executive in the past year.

A plurality (45.72 percent) of respondents from across the country also believes that the ruling party at the centre has completely failed to fulfil its election promises, with a similar number (42.02 percent) believing the same of the party at the helm of their respective provinces.