Zardari’s ratings drop to all-time-low of 20% in poll

Only one in five Pakistanis view President Zardari favourably, says a poll.

Islamabad: A new poll has revealed that only one in five Pakistanis view President Asif Ali Zardari favourably, while the country’s Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani is high on the country’s popularity charts.

According to the Pew Global Attitudes Project poll, only 20 percent saw Zardari positively, down from 64 percent in a poll two years ago.

In contrast to Zardari’s ratings, Kayani had a 61 percent favourability score.

Meanwhile, Zardari’s prime rival and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a 71 percent favourability rating.

The survey also suggests that Pakistanis have next to no confidence in US President Barack Obama, as his favourability rating was just eight percent.

The US-led war in neighbouring Afghanistan was also widely opposed by Pakistanis with nearly two-thirds - 65 percent - wanting US and NATO troops to leave as soon as possible, The Dawn reports.

The poll surveyed 2,000 Pakistanis, and has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.