According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009 (8 years ago) respondents were asked “In your opinion, how far is the human right to freedom of expression respected in Pakistan?” Responding to this, 41% opined that this right was respected in the country, another 37% said it was somewhat respected. 21% people said that this right was not respected or practiced in Pakistan. 1% did not know or wish to respond.
Comparative Picture:The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 34% opined that this right was respected in the country, another 47% said it was somewhat respected. 18% people said that this right was not respected or practiced in Pakistan and 1% did not know or wish to respond.
While there has been a 7% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who claim that freedom of expression is respected in Pakistan, yet the phenomenon is still increasingly gaining momentum due to the perception of free media in Pakistan.
The findings are available since 2009 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated 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.