A survey conducted by the US-based International Republican Institute (IRI) shows that right now the newly-founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by ex-cricketer Imran Khan, is the nationwide front-runner, with 31% of the vote.
The two mainstream parties, the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) holds second place with 27%, while the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has a dismal share of only 16%.
In the province of Punjab, PTI was second in terms of popularity, as it bagged 33% of the votes. The PML-N popularity was still number one in the largest province at 41%, while the PPP’s popularity stood at 9%.
In Sindh, the PPP led with 42% votes in polls, PTI secured second position with 15%. The regional Mohajir Quami Movement’s support stood at 9 percent while the PML-N stood at a mere 6%.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Imran Khan’s party performed impressively with 49% votes, leaving the local Awami National Party in a distant second position with 13% of votes and the PPP at 9%.
Imran Khan was also on top in Balochistan, with 35% of the vote. The PML-N grabbed second position with 9%. The IRI survey has not been officially released. It was held between February and March this year.