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1998-2017: Public opinion continues to remain split over trade relations with India. 42% urban Pakistanis are in favor of establishing trade ties; 58% say otherwise.

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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, “Do you think Pakistan should trade with India or not?” In response, 43% respondents said that Pakistan should trade with India and 56% respondents said that Pakistan should not trade with India. 1% did not respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 42% respondents said that Pakistan should trade with India and 58% respondents said that Pakistan should not trade with India.

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.

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