LAHORE - A survey conducted in June last by the American-based organisation, the International Republic Institute (IRI), has revealed that 83 per cent Pakistanis want reinstatement of the deposed judges while 86 per cent consider this issue as the most important. The survey conducted randomly with the margin of error not exceeding 1.66, among 3,484 men and women from 223 rural and 127 urban locations in 50 districts of Pakistan, highlights the finding that 83 per cent Pakistanis want the new government to remove President Pervez Musharraf from the office and 67 per cent like to see nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan as President of Pakistan. Recording a decline in the popularity of General Musharraf and the PML-Q, the survey finds PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif as filling the vacuum created by the death of Benazir Bhutto. As many as 82 per cent of people expressed their liking for Nawaz Sharif enhancing his popularity by 36 per cent from what it was in June 2006 when Sharif trailed both Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto. The survey showed popular approval of the job by Musharraf dropped to only 11 per cent while an all time high 75 per cent said they did not approve of his job performance. Musharraf's overall popularity has also dropped. In IRI June 2006 poll, Musharraf was the most popular leader with 52 per cent saying that they liked him. In the June last poll, only nine per cent said, they liked Musharraf while 73 per cent said they disliked him thus making him the most unpopular person tested in the Institute's poll. Only three per cent supported Musharraf when questioned as to which leader was the best person to handle the country's problems. In February 2007, it was 32 per cent. When asked if they thought that Musharraf should resign from the office, an all time high, 85 per cent said, yes which is 10 per cent up from the February poll. In addition, 79 per cent responded that they would feel better about the future of the country if Musharraf was out of office. With the collapse of PML-Q, PML-N and PPP are being viewed two national parties on the scene and vying for dominance. Sharif and his party, the survey says, have gained an edge over the PPP by outlining a clear position on the restoration of judiciary to November 2 position and against President Musharraf. As many as 80 per cent say they formed opinion in favour of PML-N for its insistence on the restoration of judges. The IRI survey finds the PPP a popular party while 64 per cent have expressed their liking for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, which is up from 23 per cent in the last poll. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto has also improved his popularity from the previous 55 per cent to the recent 61 per cent, likewise, the popularity rate of Asif Ali Zardari has also gone up to 45 per cent from the previous 37 per cent. The popularity of PPP President Amin Fahim has dropped to 49 per cent from the last 67 per cent. The June poll shows PPP second to PML-N with 32 per cent of the vote+ADs- and no other party breaking into the double digits. PPP beats PML-N in Sindh (57 per cent to eight per cent) and Balochistan (39 per cent to 17 per cent), while PML-N trumps PPP in Punjab (51 per cent to 24 per cent) and NWFP (31 per cent to 21 per cent). As many as 74 per cent said they would lower their opinion about the PPP if it failed to restore the judges. When looked at the responses of only PPP voters, the poll reveals that 82 per cent of PPP voters have a higher opinion of PML-N due to its position on the restoration of judges and 79 per cent of them said they would have a lower opinion of the party if the judges were not put back on the job. The PPP support has also come down while that of PML-N improved. Of the 38 per cent who voted for PPP, 32 per cent expressed their support to the party while PML-N voters support has enhanced from 29 per cent to 36 per cent. The survey also showed the PML-Q voters abandoning their support to the party and claiming to have voted for PML-N. Looking at the opinion of just those voters who have left the PPP, 90 per cent of them want Musharraf removed and the court restored+ADs- 93 per cent say that their opinion about PML-N has improved due to its stance on the judiciary+ADs- and 87 say they have a lower opinion of PPP given its lack of action on the court issue. The IRI report says, previous polling had revealed a slide in the Army image, from a high of 82 per cent to a low of 55 per cent. The Army rebounded somewhat in February's polls, with 65 per cent rating the institution favourably. In June polls, the rating of this institution has slipped to 60 per cent on account of its association with President Musharraf. However, the image of General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani has greatly improved. The survey shows, 58 per cent people want the present PPP and PML-N coalition to stay while 53 per cent opposed PPP forming government with the PML-Q. More than 70 percent of Pakistanis support dialogue with pro-Taliban militants in tribal areas. Some 71 percent of respondents favoured talks with the militants according to the survey. When asked what was the most effective way to deal with terrorism, 61 percent cited economic development and education, nine percent said military force, and 24 percent said both. +ACI-IRI's poll reveals that the Pakistani people are unambiguous, preferring negotiation and development to military options,+ACI- the group said. More than 70 percent of Pakistanis opposed the country's cooperation with the United States' +ACI-war on terror,+ACI- with just 15 percent in favour, according to the poll of 3,484 people selected at random. However 81 percent people supported new government's policy on terrorism. Pakistan dropped its support for the hardline Taliban under pressure from Washington after the 9/11 attacks, becoming a key US ally in the +ACI-war on terror.+ACI- On the government performance on the issues, 51 per cent people responded negatively against 41 saying positively. About 52 per cent believe that things would get better in Pakistan. About 70 per cent reckon inflation is the most important issue while 13 per cent said unemployment while five per cent said it is poverty. A total of 89 per cent cited economic concern their top priority.