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2 in 5 Pakistanis believe that 50% of the aid meant for the deserving poor is wasted before reaching them.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009 (8 years ago) respondents were asked “Suppose that the rich countries of the world give Rs. 100 as aid for the poor people of Pakistan. In your opinion, how much of the aid will be wasted before reaching the deserving poor people?” Responding to this, 27% said all of it would be wasted, 41% opined 50% of it would be wasted, 16% said 25% of it would be wasted, 5% said none will be wasted. 11% did not know or wish to respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 21% said all of it would be wasted, 39% opined 50% of it would be wasted, 28% said 25% of it would be wasted, 6% said none will be wasted. 6% did not know or wish to respond.

The findings are available since 2009 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has remained consistent over the years.

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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