According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup & Gilani Pakistan, 46% Pakistanis say they would oppose the ruling party’s probable move to amend the clauses which demand the parliamentarians to be Sadiq and Ameen.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, “In the last few days, there have been reports in the media that PML (N) intends to amend Article 62/63 in the Constitution. Assuming that the ruling party decides to amend or remove the clause of Sadiq/Ameen from the articles, would you support or oppose this decision?” In response, 27% said they would support this decision, 46% said they would oppose it and 27% said they would neither support nor oppose.
This opposition (46%) or ambivalence (27%) is despite the fact that a majority of Pakistanis do not consider themselves as Sadiq or Ameen according to Gallup’s recent polling (18% respondents opined about themselves that they were not Sadiq and Ameen, 37% said they considered themselves 50:50 Sadiq and Ameen), Bilal I Gilani, Executive Director at Gallup Pakistan adds. In some ways it suggests that the general population wants to see public office holders on a higher moral pedestal than the rest of the country.