ATP Poll Results: Will Pakistan Have Elections in 2007?

Posted on June 7, 2007
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Poll, Politics
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Adil Najam

I must confess that I had an unterior motive in putting up the last ATP Poll – on whether readers thought that there would be elections in Pakistan in 2007 or not? I am supposed to give a talk about this topic in Washington DC today, organized by the Association of Pakistani Professionals (AOPP), and I thought that maybe presenting the results of this ATP Poll would be a good way to start.

Of course, since putting up the Poll much has happened – too much, actually. So much, in fact, that I am no longer sure what the results of the Poll means.

But here, anyhow, are the results, along with some salient features of the results:

  • Out of a total of 771 responses from ATP readers, 36 percent (275 votes) believe that elections will be held as planned. It is not clear, however, whether this is a vote of confidence in Gen. Musharraf or an expression of cynicism about how despite all the current agitation nothing will really change.
  • Closely behind are those 239 readers (31 percent) who believe that there will be no elections in Pakistan in 2007. Interestingly, this group accounted for around 28 percent of the total votes until two days ago and this number started rising after the recent clampdown on the media in Pakistan.
  • About 12 percent of our readers (95 votes) feel that there will be elections in 2007, but not under Gen. Musharraf. This group, it seems, feels that change is not just likely but imminent.
  • Finally, 162 readers – 21 percent – are of the view that things are changing so fast that it is not possible to make any predictions whatsoever on this matter. Let me say that although this is not the option I had myself voted for originally, at this point in time – given what has happened and is happening right now – this is probably what I would say today.

10 responses to “ATP Poll Results: Will Pakistan Have Elections in 2007?”

  1. sohail dilawer says:

    i like president pervaz musharraf. I will like if he makes martial law, then he will be the most popular. he is my hero

  2. thanos says:

    Thanks for posting the results, they are interesting, and as the prior commenter says, anecdotal. (Web polls always are) What is most interesting to me is that one third say no, one third say yes, and the other third is ambivalent or anti-status quo. It sounds just like the US at the moment.

  3. asa says:

    First time i have decided to vote for some in pakistan. Used to hate all the political parties in pakistan but Imran Khan deserves to be the president. My only concern is that the Agencies, puppet goverment and the other opposition parties might now allow him to gain a majority of seats in the parliment.
    But always hope for the best. Our country needs educated people like him, not some crooked and exteremist politicans.

  4. Hameed says:

    Are you serious?

    How can you use a non-scientific poll so seriously?

    Online polls are largeley flawed. I hope you look into this issue and not treat online polls so seriously.

  5. Sohail says:

    4. Imran Khan in Aaghaz (ARYONE World) part 3,4 a must…was even before 3/9.

    Imran Khan has been saying these things all along, but see how his pedictions are coming true and how media has caught on the idea ‘Imran Khan’ whose time has come!

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