The reality of IRI and other opinion surveys

Vested interests in Pakistani and international politics often publish results of various polls and surveys on political issues and opinions. More often than not, instead of representing genuine pubic opinion, such surveys are designed and their results manipulated in order to influence the public opinion.

Gallup Pakistan, led by a Jamaat-e-Islami loyalist, Dr Ijaz Shafi Gilani, is one such example, notorious for its right wing and ISI centred polls. However, international survey organisations are not far behind in the dirty survey business.

Here is a news item followed by two apt columns by Ataul Haq Qasmi and Munno Bhai.

Zardari popularity ascends after July: US survey
Geo News, October 02, 2009

WASHINGTON: According to a survey carried out by a US based independent company, the popularity graph of the leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has considerably declined while the President Asif Ali Zardari’s gained momentum after July this year, but yet another time, Nawaz Sharif has got upper hand over Zaradri in this race, Geo news reported on Thursday.

Total 25 per cent Pakistanis consider President Zardari rendering his services vigilantly as the same natured survey conducted in March this year placed President Zardari 6 percent less than September survey, the survey said.

The N-League leader Nawaz Sharif was liked by 67 percent people 7 percent less than survey conducted in March, it added.

(Geo News)

An analysis by Ataul Haq Qasmi, Jang, 3 October 2009


Analysis by Munno Bhai, Jang, 4 October 2009