According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2010 (7 years ago) respondents were asked “It has often been seen that the number of beggars during Ramadan increases. Do you think these people are actually needy or beggars by profession?” Responding to this, 62% said that these were beggars by profession while 31% believed that they were actually needy and 7% did not respond.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 47% said that these were beggars by profession while 41% believed that they were actually needy and 12% did not respond.
Over a period of 7 years, there has been 10% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who say that the beggars are actually needy, while there has been a drop of 15% in the proportion of Pakistanis who think they are professional beggars. The findings are available since 2010 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.