According to a press release, in the survey a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked: “Overall, in your opinion, will the performance of the present federal government be better, worse or not different than the previous government?”
Responding to this question, 62 percent of the respondents said the performance of the sitting government would be better, 16 percent said it would be worse and 22 percent said there would be no difference.
A comparison of answers between respondents across the four provinces produced interesting results. Whereas 74 percent of the respondents from Punjab felt the new federal government would perform better, only 34 percent and 45 percent of the respondents from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, respectively, felt the same. However, like in Punjab, the optimism was high in Balochistan where 82 percent of the respondents said the new federal government would perform better than the previous one.
The study released by Gilani Foundation, was carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International, among a sample of 2,650 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country between May 20 and 27, 2013.
Error margin is estimated to be approximately ±2-3 percent at 95 percent confidence level.