2016 survey on Pakistan based upon int’l standards: IRI

Islamabad: The International Republican Institute (IRI) said that information gathered from nationwide poll in Pakistan between September 27 and October 26, 2016, was based upon international standards for market and social research methodologies. “IRI has worked in Pakistan since 2002, and has conducted numerous polls for more than a decade. Our current program in Pakistan focuses on work with political parties from across the political spectrum and relies on polling to inform decision-makers about the priorities of Pakistani citizens,” it said in a statement.

Earlier in first week of February International Republican Institute (IRI) stated that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif is the most popular in Pakistan politics. According to a survey report, about 63 percent people of the country expressed likeness towards the Prime Minister, PTI chief Imran Khan stood on second slot with 39 percent result while Bilawal Bhutto gained appreciation of 32 percent people, a private news channel reported. The survey further revealed that 85 percent citizens disliked Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder, followed by Asif Ali Zardari with 80 percent. However, Tahir-ul-Qadri got 79 percent dislike votes. With respect to governance at provincial level, Punjab stood on first position with 79 percent rating, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) received 72 percent votes whereas Sindh and Balochistan clinched 54 and 48 percent votes apiece.

The IRI’s statement said the survey was undertaken to provide a tool for political parties to develop sound policy solutions that reflect public priorities. Giving information about its methodology, the IRI said the survey sample consisted of 4,978 voting-age residents of Pakistan from 75 districts across the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan (excluding the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Chitral).

It further said in recent months IRI briefed representatives from political parties including Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F (JUI-F), National Party (NP), and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) on the results of a nationwide survey of nearly 5,000 residents.”

“As such, IRI does not intend to release the information publicly but rather seeks to have it inform policy development undertaken by Pakistan’s political parties,” it added. The probability-proportional-to-size (PPS) method was used to select localities. Households were selected using the “random walk method” to select a starting point and then using the Left Hand Rule to start a skip pattern to select households for an interview. The Kish Grid was used to select respondents of 18 years and older within these randomly-selected households.

It said interviews were conducted through in-person, in-home interviews with trained Pakistani enumerators. Female respondents were interviewed by female interviewers and male respondents by male interviewers. The response rate was approximately 66 percent (based on the response rate formula developed by the American Research Association) with a confidence interval of plus or minus 1.39 percent at the mid-range and a confidence level of 95 percent, the IRI said.

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