26% opposed disqualification of Waheeda Shah for slapping Election Commission staff; however 66% supported the decision. Majority of PPP voters also favored disqualification. GILANI POLL/GALLUP PAKISTAN

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Islamabad, April 03, 2012

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 26% opposed disqualification of Waheeda Shah for slapping Election Commission staff; however 66% supported the decision. Majority of PPP voters also favored disqualification.


A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Different people have different opinion about People’s Party candidate Waheeda Shah slapping election commission member. Some people think that court’s decision to disqualify her is the right action. Some people think that she should have been scolded and given a mild punishment whereas some people think that she should have been forgiven. What is your opinion?” Responding to this 66% believe that rendering Waheeda Shah ineligible for election is the right action, 18% believe that scolding and a mild punishment would have been better instead of disqualification whereas 8% believe she should have been forgiven. However 8% did not give a view.

Further analysis showed that Waheeda Shah’s action was resented by a majority from her own party or the PPP voters. Thus 52% of those intending to vote for PPP favored disqualification, 24% favored milder punishment while 22% favored pardon, 2% did not answer. The support for disqualification was higher among voters of other leading parties.

Question: “Different people have different opinion about People’s Party candidate Waheeda Shah slapping election commission member. Some people think that court’s decision to disqualify her is the right action. Some people think that she should have been scolded and given a mild punishment whereas some people think that she should have been forgiven. What is your opinion?”

Source: Gallup and Gilani Surveys
the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association
The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2637 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during March 18 – March 24, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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