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Imran Khan Popularity Soars Ahead of Vote, Pakistan Survey Shows

  • PM Sharif sees drop in rating amid IMF-related decision
  • Provincial polls scheduled April followed by general elections
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A majority of Pakistanis blame a coalition government for the soaring inflation in a country that’s struggling to shore up finances and avoid a default while support for former premier Imran Khan soared ahead of elections.  

An opinion poll published by Gallup this week found that 62% of the 2,000 respondents blamed the Pakistan Democratic Movement that makes up government for the economic turmoil and inflation coming up to a six-decade high. Khan’s approval ratings in contrast jumped to 61% in February from 36% in January last year, polling data showed.