11/07/2007 - Originally published August 8, 2007
The recent declaration of emergency rule by President Pervez Musharraf has once again drawn the world's attention to Pakistan. As the following Pew Research Center article from August details, over the course of 2007 Musharraf's popularity has steadily declined. Moreover, an International Republican Institute (IRI) poll conducted in September shows that since the original publication of this article, Musharraf's approval rating has dropped even further -- to 21%. The IRI poll, conducted before the state of emergency was declared, also found that 83% of Pakistanis opposed emergency rule.
As American leaders from George W. Bush to Barack Obama talk tough with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf about getting tough with al Qaeda, Pakistanis may feel torn between sympathy and outrage. On one hand, they increasingly reject terrorist tactics and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But on the other, they continue to express both fear and loathing of the United States. Most Pakistanis fear the U.S. could become a military threat to their country, and despite their opposition to terrorism, few support the U.S.-led war on terror.
Read the full article Musharraf's Support Shrinks, Even As More Pakistanis Reject Terrorism... and the U.S. on the Pew Research Center Web site.