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Imran Khan’s PTI losing ground amid PML-N surge, reveals American survey

New York, Sept. 30 (ANI): The popularity of former cricketer Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) has gone down by a massive 22 per cent among likely voters ahed of the 2013 general election, a recent U.S. survey has said.

The survey, conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI), has shown the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has witnessed an increase of 3.7 per cent in its popularity, reports The Dawn.

The survey claims that Imran’s criticism of the PML-N, its leaders and policies did have an initial impact on the party’s popularity but slowly it grew out of it. Now the PML-N is the most popular party in Pakistan.

According to the survey, 28 per cent of the respondents agreed to vote for PML-N, closely followed by the PTI at 24 per cent. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) took the third spot with 14 per cent votes whereas Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) polled 3 per cent.

Internal fights, induction of traditional politicians, seen as corrupt and inefficient by most Pakistanis, and Imran’s reluctance to allow other party leaders to come forward appears to have hurt his party, the paper said.

The survey also showed that 91 per cent of the people believed Pakistan was heading in the wrong direction.

Respondents identified electricity and inflation as the two most troubling issues their country faced.

The survey was conducted between July and August 2012, from a pool of 6,001 respondents. Face-to-face interviews were conducted at the provincial level, rural and urban, in all four provinces of Pakistan, except for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Chitral. (ANI)