Islamabad: Pakistan has rejected the latest findings of an opinion poll released by the Pew Research Center as an exercise in undermining democracy and wrongly portraying Pakistan’s counter- terrorism efforts.
“Democratically held general elections and ballot boxes reflect the real public opinion for an elected government,” the Daily Times quoted a government spokesperson, as saying.
Random surveys conducted on a sample size of less than 2000 people in a country comprising over 180 million people do not reflect the true picture of a rapidly evolving and dynamic country like Pakistan, he added.
According to the Pew Research survey, the ratings for Pakistan President Zardari were overwhelmingly negative. Only 11 per cent Pakistanis have a favourable view of him, as compared to 20 percent last year, the Dawn reports.
The survey had also shown that most Pakistanis disapproved the Abbottabad operation killing Osama bin Laden. Pakistani military though remains overwhelmingly popular. About 79 percent of the respondents said it is having a good influence on the country.