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PTI’s popularity goes down, ML-N’s up: Survey

KARACHI: Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaf (PTI), which was near the peak of its popularity graph, has gone down, while ML-N has taken over the top position.Pakistan Tahrik-e-Insaf (PTI), which was near the peak of its popularity graph, has gone down, while ML-N has taken over the top position.

This has been revealed by the International Republican Institute (IRI) Survey, which was conducted by taking the opinions of six thousand persons from different segments of the society about political parties and the public problems during July-August period.

To a question, which party would they vote for if elections for the national assembly were to be held next week?

Twenty-eight percent of the people replied that they would vote for PML-N, 24 percent for PTI, 14 percent for PPP and 3 percent for MQM.

If this compared with the IRI February survey results, then the PML-N’s popularity has increased by 3.7 percent, while the PTI’s popularity has sharply dropped by 22.6 percent and that of PPP by 12.5 percent.

The replies to this very question if taken province-wise then PML-N is on the top in Punjab, as 43 percent people have said they would vote for PML-N, 27 percent for PTI and 7 percent for PPP. As against last February survey, here also PML-N support has surged, as their voters rose to 43 percent from 41 percent, while PTI’s came down to 27 percent from 33 percent and those of PPP dropped to 7 percent from 9 percent.

Seventy-nine percent people vowed to cast their votes in the next elections, 12 percent people don’t want to vote, while 6 percent are not yet fully ready.