According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1986 (30 years ago) respondents were asked, “If you see an individual engaged in an illegal act that might harm the country and society, what will you do??” To this, 40% said will inform the police, 40% said will try to stop personally, 17% said will remain quiet, and 1% 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, 57% said will inform the police, 24% said will try to stop personally, and 18% said will remain quiet. 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.
According to public opinion, there has been a 17% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who will inform the police a 16% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who will personally try to stop and 1% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who will remain 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.