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(2002-2017): 12% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe people can be trusted; 57% still believe it is essential to be cautious in dealing with people.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2002 (15 years ago) respondents were asked “In your opinion are most of the people trustworthy or is it essential to be cautious in dealing with people so that they cannot harm you?” In response to this question, 22% said most people are trustworthy, 65% said it is essential to be cautious and 13% did not know.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 34% said most people are trustworthy, 57% said it is essential to be cautious and 9% did not know.

It is worth noting that the figures for caution rose to a high of 72% in 2003.

The findings are available since 2002 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated over the past 15 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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