A Pew poll out this week shows how people in Pakistan and several Middle Eastern countries feel about democracy. In most places democracy polls pretty well — and then there is the Land of the Pure. Only 42 percent of those polled in Pakistan think democracy is a good idea, almost twenty percentage points below the other countries.A previous Pew poll found that 77 percent of Pakistanis have favorable views of the military.This is partly about the unpopularity of the present democratic government. The economy is a mess, terrorists run rampant, and progress at recovering from devastating floods has been agonizingly slow and the usual blatant and appalling corruption takes its toll at every step.It’s an old cycle in Pakistan. The civilian politicians come in, fail at everything, infuriate the population by stealing everything that isn’t nailed down (and some things that are), until the military sweeps back into power. After a few years of military rule, the country gets nostalgic for the politicians. Elections are held and the cycle repeats.And there’s something else westerners forget. When you are hungry, food counts. 58 percent of Pakistanis say a strong economy is more important than an open democracy.