As per latest survey of American Research Centre PEW, President Asif Ali Zardari has support of 52 % PPP voters whereas Mian Nawaz Sharif is favourite for 71% of PPP voters.
In this regard, Asif Ali Zardari is a unique leader of a party who is not popular even amongst voters of his own party.
As per the survey report, “Nearly two-thirds of Pakistanis (65%) offer an unfavorable opinion of Zardari and just 32% give the president a favorable rating. In April 2008, before Zardari announced his candidacy for president, 64% had a positive opinion of him and 24% had a negative opinion.
Unfavorable views of Zardari are widespread across most demographic groups. And even among those who are affiliated with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), which Zardari co-chairs with his son, views of the president are mixed. A small majority (52%) offers a positive opinion and 45% offer a negative opinion of Zardari.
Nawaz Sharif, on the other hand, continues to enjoy high favorable ratings from the Pakistani public. About eight-in-ten (79%) have a positive opinion of Zardari’s political rival and 17% have a negative opinion, largely unchanged from last year. While Sharif receives near unanimous support from those affiliated with his party – 98% in the Pakistani Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) offer a favorable opinion – he also enjoys broad support from those in the PPP (71% favorable).
Similar views had been confirmed in another survey by Al-Jazeera / Gallup Pakistan.