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Pakistanis Say Musharraf Resignation Would Improve StabilityFebruary 14, 2008
A majority of Pakistanis (64%) say that stability and security in Pakistan would get better "if President Musharraf were to resign now," according to a new poll conducted by GlobeScan for BBC Urdu. One in four (25%) respondents believes that security would get "worse" if he were to resign.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in September 2006 (State Dept. photo/Michael Gross)
Asked about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, 16 percent believe the Pakistani government's contention that the Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and his al-Qaeda linked network are responsible. The largest number - 39 percent - believes that "the Pakistani security agencies or people linked to them" are responsible. Twenty-four percent say that some other party is responsible while 21 percent say they do not know. (The poll was taken before the release of the Scotland Yard report largely affirming the Pakistan government's account of how Bhutto died.)
Looking ahead, Pakistanis are divided about whether the general elections scheduled for 18 February will be "free and fair." Forty-four percent say they are "very" (11%) or "somewhat" (33%) confident that they will be free and fair. Forty-six percent say they are "not very confident" (27%) or "not at all confident" (19%).
There were a number of variations among provinces. The belief that Musharraf's resignation would help to stabilize the country was held by majorities in all provinces, though in Sindh, the majority was not as strong (56% believe the country would stabilize).
Gallup Pakistan conducted 1,476 face-to-face, in-home interviews on January 27 and 28, 2008 across four provinces, including urban and rural locations in each province (details given below). The sample was weighted based on geography, the urban/rural ratio, and key demographics to reflect the distribution of the national population.
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