Popularity rises

In its fourth year, AL has been able not only to arrest its consistent decline in popularity but also has made a noticeable turnaround, increasing in positive response and decreasing in negative response.

Last year 38 percent voters said they are satisfied with the government. But this year 47 percent said they are satisfied.

Similarly the number of dissatisfied people has come down from 44 percent last year to 40 percent this year.

Males were more dissatisfied (42 percent) than females (36 percent) (dissatisfied and very much dissatisfied combined). Females were more satisfied (49 percent) than males (45 percent) (satisfied and very much satisfied combined). The rural population was more in favour of the AL than the urban dwellers.

Unhappiness about inflation continues

High price is still hurting the voters.

A year ago, 62 percent people were grumbling about inflation. They thought inflation was not being well managed. This year the number is almost unchanged at 60 percent.

Once again, the rural folks had a much better view (29 percent) than the urban voters (22 percent) about inflation.



Majority think law and order improved

More people (50 percent) now think law and order situation has improved from last year (41 percent). Last year, people's perception about law and order dipped for the first time from very high ratings in the previous years.

The number of people who think law and order had slid has slightly increased to 35 percent from 33 percent (a combination of deteriorated little and deteriorated enough).

The government got such rating in law and order because of the rural voters 30 percent of whom thinks situation has improved as against 22 percent urban voters.



Power still a weak point

Power remains a weak spot for the government despite reduction of load shedding. Increase in power tariff may be a reason for that. The government did not get a favourable rural rating on this issue as it got in other areas because of power outages in villages.

When the government completed its first year, 24 percent people said not enough initiative has been taken to resolve power crisis. This number increased to 32 percent last year, and to 41 percent this year.

The number of those who think initiatives have been taken remains static at 42 percent from last year.

The number of those who think initiatives in power are either absent or not adequate remains equal for rural and urban population.



Improving the image of the judiciary by not making political interference still remains an order of the day.

Two years after the government was formed, 40 percent thought judiciary is politically biased while an equal percentage thought it is free and independent. The number of people having a negative image of the judiciary shot up last year to 53 percent.

This year it has significantly come down but still remains a high 43 percent against 35 percent who think judiciary is free and independent.

Nobody keeps promises

Voters lament promises not kept by the AL.

A large 44 percent think the government has fulfilled very little of the promises it made in election manifesto. 25 percent think it has only moderately met the promises. Compared to these, only 30 percent are happy about keeping promises.

On this count, urban voters were more critical than their rural counterparts.