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    President Musharraf's popularity has soared since 9/11: survey

    Further proof that the Pakistani people continue to support President Musharraf in ever larger numbers, because he is working for the betterment of our nation. By similiar number the people have no trust or confidence in the political leaders who worked for themselves and not not the nation.

    http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/mar20...ain/main17.htm

    Musharraf's popularity soared after Sept 11: survey

    President General Pervez Musharraf's decision of joining the anti-terrorism coalition paid off with his personal popularity soared in the post-September 11 or post-Taliban scenario. However, the fact that about half of the urban populace are dissatisfied with the economy is a potential threat to President Musharraf's popularity, especially if public expectations of improvements are not met. An opinion poll conducted by a Western country network, about half of 2,065 urbanites, who participated in the polls are not satisfied with the economic policies of the government. According to a Western diplomat based in Islamabad, a recently-conducted poll reflected President Musharraf's popularity among Pakistanis has soared in the wake of his decision to back the United States in the anti-terrorism campaign. "The large majority (82 per cent) of urban Pakistanis has confidence in him," said the diplomat quoting the opinion-poll 'South Asia Opinion Alert.'

    According to the poll, popularity of President Musharraf has increased substantially from 64 per cent last September/October, as majority (79 per cent) voices a good opinion of his personally, up from 57 per cent last November. Musharraf's personal popularity is paralleled by broad popular support for his government: 74 per cent say they have confidence in their national government, a striking reversal from June, when 59 per cent said they had little or no such confidence.

    On the question of opposition facing President Musharraf or his government, the poll reflected that there was no popular political opposition to effectively challenge his rule at this point of time, i.e. March 2002. "Three-quarters (76 per cent) say they have little or no confidence in the nation's political party leaders, and half (52 per cent) say the same for religious leaders," said the poll document as shown to The News by the western diplomat, "what popular support religious leaders have does not translate to support in upcoming elections: a plurality (47 per cent) of likely voters indicates they would be unlikely to vote for a religious party candidate, up from 29 per cent in last September/October."

    The military, said the diplomat, enjoys the highest level of public trust (91 per cent) according to this poll. On the increased public optimism about the economy, the perceptions of the state of the economy have improved since last fall; with almost as many now calling it good (43 per cent) as saying it is poor (51 per cent). The plurality (44 per cent) expect some improvement over the next year, as by comparison, early last fall the solid majority (62 per cent) rated the economy as poor. Nonetheless, the fact that about half are still dissatisfied with the economy is a potential threat to Musahrraf's popularity, especially if public expectations of improvement are not met.

    Favourable views of Pakistan-US relations are now at one of the highest levels ever recorded, with six-in-ten (62 per cent) calling ties good, and 58 per cent believing they have improved in recent months. In November last, perceptions of positive relations surged shortly after the US removed economic sanctions and initiated other economic benefits to Pakistan. But perceptions of US even-handedness in its regional policies continue to be a problem: Pakistanis still tend to see the US policies as favouring India. The opinion-poll shows that plurality (43 per cent) believes that Pakistan's cooperation with the US in the anti-terrorism campaign will help their country's economy. However, findings suggest that these expectations of rewards could be a problem if the public comes to believe the US is not living up to its promises. In fact, the poll shows that Pakistanis are already becoming somewhat cynical about US follow-through with a majority (59 per cent) doubting that the US will meet its commitments.

    [This message has been edited by Malik73 (edited March 28, 2002).]

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    Malik73,

    Dama Dum Mast Qalinder
    Ali da pehla number

    FARID

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      #3
      Musharraf has done, what other leaders just tried and failed.
      I think it needs more than just to be a Military leader to take such huge step.
      I know many blame him for taking the side of Khuffar, but what is allowed in Islam and what not, that only ALLAH knows best.
      Maybe it was the right step for Pakistan and maybe he was wrong by doing so. That only time will tell.
      But in the whole IM glad with Musharrafs policy and wish him best of luck for the future and yes.........
      .......Pakistan Zindabad!!!!



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        #4
        More than anything else, this survey proves that the ordinairy Pakistani public wants a progressive and honest leadership. Unlike India where the public voted into power a party based upon religious ideology, the Pakistani people have never given the religious parties much shrift.

        Good to see also that Pakistanis like their government to be committed to peace and prosperity, unlike America where a a leader only has to declare war to see his popularity soar.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Judge^MentuLL:
          More than anything else, this survey proves that the ordinairy Pakistani public wants a progressive and honest leadership. Unlike India where the public voted into power a party based upon religious ideology, the Pakistani people have never given the religious parties much shrift.

          Good to see also that Pakistanis like their government to be committed to peace and prosperity, unlike America where a a leader only has to declare war to see his popularity soar.
          Absolutely correct. This poll shows that the President has handled events since 9/11 skillfully and with expert mastery, all the time keeping in mind the supreme national interests of our nation. For that the people are increasingly supportive of what he has done, and are confident and trusting of his intentions unlike our disgraced politicians.

          Though it must be remembered that this poll also shows a sceptical view of the people in regard to the USA. Our people are prepared to support a bilateral relationship based on lasting economic and political benefits, not the short term interests of American foreign policy. Let's hope the US government is fully aware of this, and does not make the mistakes of the past. I trust President Musharraf is the right leader to ensure this...

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            #6
            Originally posted by Farid:
            Malik73,

            Dama Dum Mast Qalinder
            Ali da pehla number

            FARID

            Yaar Farid do change the tune. This seems very happy coming from you. Is the sun out?


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              #7
              Originally posted by Farid:
              Malik73,

              Dama Dum Mast Qalinder
              Ali da pehla number

              FARID
              What did he say?can someone please translate thanks.

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                #8
                I agree with Musharrafs decisions and moves.....but I wouldnt pay much attention to this poll. Its a non-factor, to say the least.

                Firstly, its done by a 'western country network', more a ploy to generate public support within Pakistan, in order to create anti islamist attitudes.

                Secondly, 2065 people have been polled, which is what, 0.001% of Pakistans population...hardly a cross-section.

                Thirdly, urbanites have been polled. Urbanites, as we know, do not bother showing up their asses on election day. Bulk of the voters are villagers and middle class workers, who make up the bulk of Pakistans population anyway.

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                  #9
                  Here r the questions on this article:

                  1. Give us the name of org which did this poll? how indepedent it is?

                  2. Who is the western diplomate talking?

                  3. what is the name of the correspondent? who is taking responsibility for this artcile, which is more an opinion rather than a news?

                  4. What r the exact questions asked?

                  5. What sections of the society were sampled?

                  It is the ultimate dishonesty that such artciles r printed, and referred by ppl without any defence/support.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Judge^MentuLL:
                    Pakistani public wants a progressive and honest leadership.
                    This is the only fact, I have seen so far on this thread (but the poll does not prove anything)

                    Unlike India where the public voted into power a party based upon religious ideology, the Pakistani people have never given the religious parties much shrift.
                    Well you have to read your History where you elected Z A Bhutto - Who declared the country Islamic (religion based state) and then Zia saheb and very recently Nawaz Sharif trid to pass 5th ammendment in the parliament. I am sure these people were not elected by people of Pakistan but enforced

                    Pakistanis like their government to be committed to peace and prosperity,
                    Another Fact. I must congratulate you my friend consiously or not you have spoken the FACTS.

                    unlike America where a a leader only has to declare war to see his popularity soar.
                    Oh, now America declared war - Americans flew plans into WTC and Pentagon, right ? Oh wait..it was mossad.



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                      #11
                      War is generally considered to be between two nations. A terrorist act can be treated as a terrorist act or it can be used as a chance to declare war. When IRA blows up buildings in Britain, it is not usually treated as an act of war. Without doubt Bush was the one who declared war read it any way you want.

                      And without doubt, in America, the popularity of the President always soars once he declares war. The figures bear this out so there's not really much to argue about. The glut of war films currently being released also points to the appetite for war in America.

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                        #12
                        No matter what Asif, FreeofMind and all you Hindustanis might utter, everyone living in Pakistan needs no polls to know how popular General Musharraf is.

                        General Musharrafs popularity soared when he kicked out that corrupt, power hungry PM out of power. Its not our fault that the leaders accross the borders started developing a hatred for this great leader just because he was the mastermind behind the Kargil incident.

                        General Musharraf is no replica of the late General Zia-ul-Haq. He didnt repeat the mistakes Zia made. He didnt go on to execute Nawaz...

                        It is true that the people of Pakistan are fed up with those corrupt politicians who were coming to power again and again, but we all know that during the course of these 50 years, if there is an instituition in Pakistan which they trust, it is the Pak Army. Foriegn and internal elements have tried their best to disintegrate this great instituition and they have failed miserably. Now that they have failed, all they can do is say that Musharraf is not a popular leader.

                        And for the record, Pakistan was declared an Islamic republic in the 50s, and not the 70s, like one of the hindutvas here int his thread mentioned.

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                          #13
                          ACcording to Asma Jehangir..Musharraf would only win a referendum..if it was held in the diplomatic enclave in Isloo!!
                          How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his fathers and the Temple of his Gods?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Zakk:
                            ACcording to Asma Jehangir..Musharraf would only win a referendum..if it was held in the diplomatic enclave in Isloo!!
                            She loves to make jokes

                            *Do You Ever Wonder Why?*

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                              #15

                              The reason for his popularity is his honesty and his improving the nations lot.

                              my two cents

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