According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2000 (16 years ago) respondents were asked how important they perceived exercise and walk to be for their health. 76% respondents said that it is very important, 16% said that it is somewhat important while 6% said that it is ‘very little’ to ‘not important at all’. 2% did not respond.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 56% respondents said that exercise/walk is very important for health, 21% said that it is somewhat important while 22% said that it is ‘very little’ to ‘not important at all.’
According to public opinion, the perceived importance of walk/exercise for an individual’s well-being and good health has decreased over the course of these 16 years. From 2000 to 2016, there has been a 20% drop in the number of respondents who believe that walk/exercise is very important for health although there has a 4% increase in those who say that it is somewhat important. There has also been a corresponding increase of 16% in respondents who believe that walk/exercise is ‘very little’ to ‘not important at all’.
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.