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Government’s journey so far

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The writer is an Islamabad-based TV journalist and tweets @FarrukhKPitafi

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s job approval continues to grow steadily. A nationwide survey by International Republican Institute (IRI) revealed on March 14 that a combined 57 per cent of respondents either believed that the PM was doing a ‘very good job’ or a ‘good job’.

A total representative sample of 3,991 with a legal voting age contributed to the survey through in-home, in-person interviews. One significant caveat needs to be spelt out here that although the survey results come out at a time when the government has completed its 200 days in office it was conducted between November 1 and 22, nearly around the time when it was about to finish its first 100 days in power.

Along with the job approval the faith in the impartiality of the electoral process also seems to have grown. Some 83 per cent of respondents believe that the results were either ‘completely free and fair’ (50 per cent) or ‘somewhat free and fair’ (33 per cent).

Given the nature of national discourse in the national media surrounding the July 2018 elections at the time, this is not a modest achievement.

But does this survey identify any potential weaknesses or vulnerabilities. Fortunately, the survey identifies economy as the area of concern. I say fortunately because this shows that the citizens of the country have the right sort of priorities. About 39 per cent believe that inflation is the biggest problem facing the country, 18 per cent see unemployment as the biggest challenge and 15 per cent poverty.

About 77 per cent of the respondents between 18 and 35 think unemployment is the most important issue for the young people. Make a mental note here. This is important because........

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