ISLAMABAD: Two thirds (67%) of a national sample of men and women are still interested in the judicial crisis that has gripped the country since March 2007 when the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry, was deposed by President Musharraf on accounts of nepotism and abuses of office. According to Gallup Pakistan latest press release, opinion polls showed that while the Pakistani polity was still interested in seeing a resolution of the prolonged judicial crisis, this alone would not resolve all the problems facing the country, including rising inflation levels.
The GP said that one third (32%) has grown weary of this issue. Predominantly, these views cut across party lines with a slight increase in interest levels among PML-N supporters (74%). “Despite this interest, views are divided on whether restoring judges will cure all the other problems facing the country. In response to the question: “In your view, will the restoration of judges resolve all the problems facing the country?” 43% agree while a significant 35% disagree. The remaining 22 % did not give a view. There was a greater tendency among PML-N support to agree with this statement (53%) while the opposite was true for PML-Q supporters, the majority of who disagreed (60%)” it added.
In a follow-up question respondents were asked, “In your view, which is more important: restoring judges or controlling inflation”? An overwhelming majority (71%) prioritized controlling inflation, while only 21% said restoring judges in more important for them. The remaining did not give any views. The majority of respondents (59%) hold the previous government responsible for current price hikes, blaming either its flawed economic policies (29%) or corruption (30%).
A significant 34% also blame the present government for not focusing the real problems facing the country. 6% respondents gave a number of other responses. The sample for the surveys comprised more than 2100 men and women distributed in the rural and urban areas of all four provinces. They represented a cross section of various age, income and other socio-economic backgrounds. The fieldwork was conducted face to face during July 13-14 and July 20-21, 2008. The error margin in this type of survey is estimated to be +3-5% at a 95% confidence level.-SANA