According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1986 (30 years ago) respondents were asked, “God forbid if someone mistreats you (physically abuses you or cheats you), how will you react in response?” To this, 43% said will report to the police, 20% said will take revenge ourselves, 31% said will keep quiet, 4% said others. 2% did not know or did not wish to respond.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 53% said will report to the police, 20% said will take revenge ourselves and 26% said will keep quiet. 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.
According to public opinion, there has been a 10% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who will report mistreatment to the police and a 5% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who will keep quiet.
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.