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Poll Finds Mixed Views About Bhutto’s Return
Benazir Bhutto(1953~present) is a Pakistani politician who became the first elected woman to lead a post-colonial Muslim state. She was twice elected prime minister. She was sworn in first in 1988 but she was removed from office 20 months later under orders of then-President Ghulam Ishaq Khan on the alleged corruption charges. She was re-elected in 1993 but again removed by President Farooq Leghari in 1996 on similar charges.
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A poll taken in the weeks before Benazir Bhutto's return to Pakistan, whose convoy was met with an attack as well as large adulatory crowds, finds that a plurality of Pakistanis (50%) approve of her return, while one in three are opposed.

Benazir Bhutto at an appearance in the United States in 2004

Views are also mixed about the possibility of Bhutto becoming prime minister. Equal numbers (40%) favor and oppose her becoming prime minister. Twenty percent declined to respond.

However, Bhutto does appear to be a bit more popular than the current president Pervez Musharraf. Asked who would be the best person to lead Pakistan, Bhutto wins an anemic plurality with 27 percent favoring her over 21 percent for Musharraf.

The poll of 907 Pakistanis was conducted September 12-28 in urban areas of Pakistan.

Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who Musharraf removed from power in 1999 and recently expelled immediately upon his return to Pakistan, has a similar level of support to Musharraf. Twenty-one percent endorse Sharif as the best person to lead Pakistan.

Asked about the possibility of Sharif returning to Pakistan, attitudes are about the same as for Bhutto's return. Fifty-one percent approve of his potential return, 35 percent are opposed and the rest are undecided.

Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, whose removal by Musharraf prompted large-scale demonstrations and led to conflicts between police and Pakistani lawyers, does not appear to be emerging as an alternative leader. Only 3 percent identify him as the best person to lead Pakistan.

Steven Kull, director of, comments, "There seems to be little consensus among urban Pakistanis about who should lead Pakistan."

The poll was carried out for by ACNielsen Pakistan through face-to-face interviews in 19 Pakistani cities. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

The above article is from World Public Opinion.






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