In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1987, i.e., 30 years ago, respondents were asked, “In your opinion, should the efforts of government against narcotics be increased or decreased?” In response to this question, 86% said that efforts should be increased, 5% said they are doing what they need to, 4% said they should decrease, and 5% did not know or respond.
Comparative Picture:The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, 59% said they should be increased, 31% said they are doing what they need to, and 10% said they should be decreased.
There has been a decrease of 27 percentage-points in the proportion of Pakistanis who think government efforts should be increased which aligns with the 26 percentage-points increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who think government is doing what it needs to.
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.