WASHINGTON - Only 11% of Pakistanis have a favourable view of President Asif Ali Zardari, down from 20% last year, as Imran Khan emerges the most popular leader in Pakistan, according to a new study released Tuesday. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani receives a positive rating from 37% a significant drop from 59% in 2010, the findings of Pew Research Center show, saying Pakistanis continue to be highly dissatisfied with conditions in their country, 0pposition leader Nawaz Sharif fares better: 63% express a positive opinion of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) leader, down from a year ago when 71% held this view, the study says. The most popular leader tested is former cricket star Imran Khan, according to the study. Nearly seven-in-ten (68%) have a favourable view of the cricketer turned politician, up from 52% in 2010. On balance, Pakistanis continue to view Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry positively, although his ratings have fallen somewhat since last year (51% favourable in 2011; 61% in 2010). Even though the Pakistani military has received some criticism since the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the study says it remains overwhelmingly popular: 79% say it is having a good influence on the country. Ratings for military chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have remained on balance positive 52% give him a favourable and 21% an unfavourable rating. This represents a slight change from the April poll conducted prior to bin Ladens death, when 57% rated him favourably and 18% unfavourably. Roughly nine-in-ten (92%) are dissatisfied with the countrys direction, according to the study. Almost as many (85%) say the economic situation in Pakistan is bad. And optimism is scarce 60% think the economy will worsen in the next 12 months; only 13% believe it will improve. Pakistanis list a myriad of problems afflicting their nation huge majorities say rising prices, a lack of jobs, crime, terrorism and political corruption are very big problems, it says. In addition to the military, the media and religious leaders are also well-regarded; 76% of Pakistanis say the media are having a good influence on the way things are going in their country and 60% say the same about religious leaders. Few give the police and the national government positive ratings. Just 37% of Pakistanis say they followed news about the US military raid that killed bin Laden very or somewhat closely, while 39% followed news about the raid not too closely or not at all closely. Most Pakistanis support the US providing financial and humanitarian aid to areas where extremist groups operate, and many want the US to provide intelligence and logistical support for Pakistani troops fighting extremists. Violence is the top concern among those who are worried about Islamic extremism in Pakistan; 40% say this, compared with 24% who are most concerned about the impact of extremism on the national economy, 16% who worry that it will lead to loss of freedoms, and 15% who fear extremism will divide the country. More than eight-in-ten (85%) Pakistanis say suicide bombing and other violent acts against civilians in defense of Islam are never justified. Far fewer (38%) said this was the case in 2002, when the Pew Research Center first asked this question.