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1998-2017: An alarming 22% increase in proportion of urban Pakistanis who would willingly pay bribe to get any legal work done.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1998 (19 years ago) respondents in urban Pakistan were asked, “Suppose that if you had to get any legal work done, which of the following ways would you adopt?” In response, 54% said they would approach relevant officer/department through usual legal means, 12% said they would pay some money/bribe to get the work done and 34% said they would find resourceful person to get the work done for them.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In response, 37% said they would approach relevant officer/department through usual legal means, 34% said they would pay some money/bribe to get the work done and 29% said they would find a resourceful person to get the work done for them.

Over a period of 19 years, there has been an increase of 22% in the proportion of respondents who say they would bribe someone to get the work done and 17% reduction in proportion of Pakistanis who would legal routes.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audience. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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