Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has been declared the most popular and accepted leader in Pakistan, by PILDAT.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif remains the most trusted leader with an approval rating of 75%; Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of the Punjab is not far behind at an Approval Rating of 72%. Imran Khan garners an approval rating of 49%, while Asif Ali Zardari of 27%.

Respondents have given above 50% approval rating to Independence of Media (64%), Effectiveness of Supreme Court (56%), Trust in Favorite Political Party (56%), Performance of Independent Cabinet (52%), and Democratic Oversight of Security Sector (51%). The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had the highest approval amongst the population, with 70% of the respondents rating the party's competence highly.

Only 30% of the respondents believe the General Election 2013 to be somewhat to completely rigged at the end of the 2nd year, compared to 37% in the 1st year. 51% of the respondents rate highly the current Government's performance in ensuring democratic oversight of the security sector. PML-N garners highest Approval Rating, with 70% of the respondents rating the party's competence highly; approval ratings of PTI and PPP at 44% and 36% respectively.