Pakistan polls: Nawaz, Imran are neck-and-neck, says survey
Islamabad: The PML(N) and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf appear to be neck-and-neck in the race for power in Pakistan as they enjoy almost the same voter approval ratings in a new survey released on Wednesday. Over 25 per cent of respondents in the poll conducted by Herald magazine said they intend to vote for the PML(N) in the May 11 general election while 24.98 per cent said their vote would go to Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf.
Only 17.74 per cent of respondents said they would vote for the Pakistan People's Party, which led the outgoing government that ruled Pakistan for the past five years. In Punjab, which has more than half of the parliamentary seats going to the polls, the PML(N) appeared to be the party of choice, with 38.66 per cent of respondents saying they would vote for it, followed by at 30.46 per cent. The PPP trailed way behind at 14.33 per cent.
In the PPP's traditional stronghold of Sindh, the party enjoyed the biggest share of support with 35.21 per cent of respondents saying they would vote for it, followed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement with 19.37 per cent, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf with 8.45 per cent and PML(N) with 8.1 per cent. The PPP continues to be backed by more people in Sindh even though 50 per cent of respondents in the province rated the federal government's performance as poor or very poor.
In Khyber-Pakthunkhwa, Imran Khan's party was leading with the support of 35.41 per cent of respondents while the PML(N) (with 12.92 per cent support) and the Awami National Party (with 12.44 per cent support) are distant runners-up. The Balochistan National Party (Mengal) has the highest backing among poll respondents in Balochistan, at 19.18 per cent, with the PPP a distant second at 8.22 per cent.
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