According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2006 (10 years ago) respondents were asked, “Some people consider India as Pakistan’s enemy, while others believe it is Pakistan’s friend. What is your opinion?” To this, 20% said friend of Pakistan, 60% said enemy of Pakistan, while 20% said a competitor of Pakistan.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 9% said friend of Pakistan, 79% said enemy of Pakistan, while 12% said a competitor of Pakistan.
According to public opinion, there has been an 11% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe India is a friend of Pakistan, a 19% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe India is an enemy of Pakistan and an 8% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe India is a competitor of Pakistan.
India: Competitor of Pakistan?
Of the 12% who believe India is a competitor of Pakistan, 10% are males and 14% are females; 9% reside in rural area, 18% in urban area. Provincially, 13% are residents of Punjab, 17% Sindh, 1% KPK and 3% Balochistan.
This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.