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(2011-2016) 24% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe the society collectively is responsible to prevent evil in society; 25% say the individual themself is responsible, while 19% say religious leaders.

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According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2011 (5 years ago) respondents were asked, “In your opinion, whose responsibility is it to prevent evil in society, meaning who should proceed to stop them?” To this, 13% said individually ourselves, 35% said the government, 5% said religious leaders and 47% said the society collectively.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 25% said individually ourselves, 32% said the government, 19% said religious leaders and 23% said the society collectively.

According to public opinion, there has been a 12% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe it is the responsibility of individuals themselves to prevent evil in society, a 3% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe it is the responsibility of the government to prevent evil in society, a 14% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe it is the responsibility of the religious leaders to prevent evil in society and a 24% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe it is the responsibility of the society collectively to prevent evil in society.

 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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