According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2006 (11 years ago) respondents were asked “Who do you give out Zakat to normally?” Responding to this, 53% said they gave Zakat to a poor relative, 26% said to a destitute in general, 11% said in a mosque, 6% said to some charitable institution, 4% did not know or wish to respond.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 54% said they gave Zakat to a poor relative, 17% said to a destitute in general, 13% said in a mosque, 10% said to some charitable institution, 1% said to others. 5% did not know or wish to respond.
The findings are available since 2006 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated over the years.
Bilal I Gilani, Executive Director of Gallup Pakistan adds “The findings in some sense shows that charity begins and ends at home for at least half of Pakistan. In terms of more institutionalized philanthropy, mosques top with around 13% giving their Zakat to mosques”.
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.