The survey, conducted by, found that more than 80 percent of Pakistanis — compared with 34 percent in 2007 — consider the Taliban a critical threat in the country’s tribal regions. Likewise, 82 percent of Pakistanis see the activities of al Qaida as a critical threat, compared with 41 percent in 2007.

The findings were based on 1,000 face-to-face interviews May 17-28 conducted across Pakistan.

“A sea change has occurred in Pakistani public opinion,” said Clay Ramsay, the research director of the Maryland-based polling group. “The tactics and undemocratic bent of militant groups — in tribal areas as well as Swat — have brought widespread revulsion and turned Pakistanis against them.”…

However, increased opposition to the Taliban hasn’t improved Pakistani sentiments toward the U.S. “It’s crucial to understand that the U.S. is resented just as much as before, despite the U.S. having a new president,” Ramsay said.