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(2001-2017): Near majority of Pakistanis opine that government taxes help a proportion of society only.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2001 (16 years ago) respondents were asked “In your opinion, who is the beneficiary when the government levies a new tax and generates revenue from it?” In response to this question, 23% said that the society as a whole is the beneficiary of new taxes and the revenue that is generated from them, 44% said few people, while 22% said none and 9% said others. 2% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 18% said that the society as a whole is the beneficiary of new taxes and the revenue that is generated from them, 47% said few people, while 33% said none and 1% said others. 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.

The findings are available since 2001 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has remained somewhat 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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