Pakistanis are worried and unhappy about their own government, about the threat from Islamic extremists, and about American intervention. The following - in my opinion - are some of the highlights:
What are Pakistanis Worried About?
- 79% are concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in Pakistan
- 69% worry that extremist groups could take control of their country
- 69% believe India poses a very serious threat to Pakistan, while only 57% regard the Taliban and 41% regard al Qaeda in that way.
- 93% say crime is a very big problem in Pakistan
- 91% say terrorism is a very big problem in Pakistan
- 76% say the economy is a very big problem in Pakistan
- 74% say illegal drugs are a very big problem in Pakistan
- 74% say the Kashmir issue is a very big problem in Pakistan
- 71% say corrupt political leaders are a very big problem, (up from 64% in 2007 and 58% in 2002)
Who Do Pakistanis Like and Dislike?
- 70% rate the Taliban unfavorably (up from 33% last year), only 10% view it favorably
- 61% rate al Qaeda unfavorably (up from 34% last year), only 9% view it favorably
- 47% have little or no confidence in Usma bin Laden to do the right thing regarding world affairs (up from 28% last year), and 18% have at least some confidence in the al Qaeda leader (down from 34% last year)
- 16% have a favorable view of the U.S.
- 64% regard the U.S. as an enemy, while only 9% describe it as a partner
- 84% have a favorable view of China, and 80% consider China a partner
What Are Some of Pakistan's Gripes With the U.S.?
- 22% of Pakistanis think the U.S. takes their interests into account when making foreign policy decisions (nearly unchanged from 21% in 2007)
- Most (54%) Pakistanis believe the U.S. is siding with India over Pakistan in the dispute over Kashmir
What Are Pakistani Sentiments About the UAV Missle Strikes?
- 62% of those who have heard of the UAV missile strikes targeting extremist leaders say they are a very bad thing, and another 33% say they are a bad thing.
- 58% say the UAV attacks are not necessary to protect their country from extremists, while 34% believe they are necessary.
- 93% of those who have heard of the UAV missile strikes say they kill too many innocent people
What Do Pakistanis think About US Counterterroism Efforts in the Region?
- 56% oppose U.S.-led efforts to fight terrorism
- 72% want the U.S. and NATO to remove their military troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible
- 16% approve of Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan
- 72% say they would support U.S. financial and humanitarian aid to areas where extremist groups operate
- 63% support the idea of the U.S. providing intelligence and logistical support to Pakistani troops who are combating extremist groups
How Do Pakistanis Feel About Suicide Bombings?
- 87% believe suicide bombings are never justified in order to defend Islam from its enemies - representing stronger opposition than in almost any other major Muslim country