The poll was conducted March 4-30, 2009 comprised of a randomly selected sample of 3,500 adult men and women from 216 rural and 134 urban locations in 51 districts in all four provinces of Pakistan. The margin of error for the national sample will not exceed + 1.66 percent
The 54 slide presentation is also worth a quick glance to understand the political undercurrents that have shaped up over the last three months, PPP and Asif Zardari on a popularity decline to 9% and Nawaz Sharif leads by a massive margin at 55%.
The demographics of the survey were as follows displaying a good spectrum of people opinionated
To the questin on What is the most important issue in Pakistan – shows that an overwhelming majority felt that Inflation [46%] and unemployment [22%] were far more important then terrorism coming third at a distant 10%.
There is an overwhelming majority which has continued to feel that religious extremism is a serious problem in Pakistan rising by 14% from October, coming at par with the survey conducted in September 2007 – immediately after the Lal Masjid incident or for that matter the January 2008 survey, which was closely preceded with the riots of Benazir Bhutto’s assassination in December 2007
A good 52% of the people do NOT support the Army fighting the extremists in NWFP and FATA – it may be poised at a slightly half the population even with the 1.6% margin of error – but does go to show that there is a definite opinion that a non-military tactic might help solve the problem
To the question of American involvement in these incursions there is a strong resentment against them with only 24% approving such military tactics
In reference to the enforcement of Sharia in Swat there is an astonishing 80% approval for such a system. Quite contrary to what has been portrayed by the media and the liberals
Whilst a good 74% believed that this deal would have brought peace to the region
Granted this is an opinion carried out in March, probably just before the northern areas in Pakistan nose spiraled out of control, what needs to be noted that most people do not favor a military intervention whilst quite a large majority of the polled population believed that Sharia should be enforced in the region.