The poll, conducted by the Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), is a performance-tracker of the new federal government led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), media reported.

Sharif's policy of seeking harmony with state institutions and provincial governments was given the highest rating, according to the survey report released on September 15, observed as International Day of Democracy.

With the change of government on June 5, after the May 11 elections, more people (44 percent) are optimistic about the government's ability to address current issues, the survey said.

The Punjab government got the best rating out of the four provincial governments while the Sindh government was given the poorest rating.

According to the survey, 46 percent of the people gave a "good" rating to the Sharif government in dealing with terrorism, while 52 percent gave it a "positive" rating for coping with the electricity shortage.  

On key foreign policy issues, including relations with the US, China and India, the government was given a 57 percent positive rating. It also got a 59 percent positive rating on harmonious relations with opposition parties in parliament. For maintaining harmony with the armed forces, the government received a 58 percent positive rating. Likewise, 54 percent of the people gave positive performance rating to the government in dealing with corruption.


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