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Close of year 2017: 2 in 3 Pakistanis (65%) claim they are happy with their life, 1 in 5 are pessimistic about the upcoming year. Pakistanis less happy than Indians and less optimistic about economy than both Indians and Bangladeshis.

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According to a Gallup International Survey conducted by its Pakistani affiliate, Gallup Pakistan, at the start of the year 2018, 2 out of 3 Pakistanis are happy with their personal lives currently, but 1 in 5 are pessimistic about the future. Furthermore in terms of global comparison, Pakistan ranks 15th in terms of happiness in this 55 countries research, 18th in terms of general hope for next year and 10th in terms of economic optimism.

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These interesting findings have emerged out of a 55 country research conducted by Gallup International (founded by the world renowned scholar and pollster Dr. George Gallup in 1947). The study comprised internationally of 53,769 respondents covering different ethnicities, regions, religions, age and gender. The international press release with report can be accessed here.

This study has been conducted every year in Pakistan and globally for the past 40 years and is unique in terms of sample size, coverage and longitudinal analysis.

Happiness in Pakistan: Pakistan although ahead of the global average ranks 15th globally, India ahead of Pakistan

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women from across the four provinces was asked the following question, “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappy or very unhappy about your life?” In response to this question, 65% Pakistanis said they are happy, 18% said they are neutral (neither happy nor unhappy), 16% said they are unhappy and 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Global result: Globally, 59% said they are happy, 28% said they are neutral and 11% said they are unhappy. 2% did not know or did not wish to respond. The study computed net happiness (Happy % – Unhappy %) for the globe as 48%.

Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher on the happiness index with net happiness of 65% compared to global net happiness of 48%, a significant 17% above the global average.

Regional Results: In India, 73% said they are happy, 18% said they are neutral and 9% said they are unhappy. The study computed net happiness for India as 64%. In Bangladesh, 62% said they are happy, 26% said they are neutral and 11% said they are unhappy. The study computed net happiness for Bangladesh as 51%.

Question: “In general, do you personally feel very happy, happy, neither happy nor unhappy, unhappy or very unhappy about your life?”

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Economic Optimism in Pakistan: Pakistan ranks 10th globally, India and Bangladesh ahead of Pakistan

Respondents were further asked the following question, “Compared to this year, in your opinion, will next year be a year of economic prosperity, economic difficulty or remain the same for your country?” In response to this question, 46% said 2018 will be a year of economic prosperity for Pakistan, 26% said economic difficulty while 22% said remain the same. 6% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Global result: Globally, 28% said 2018 will be a year of economic prosperity, 30% said economic difficulty while 36% said remain the same. 6% did not know or did not wish to respond. The study computed net economic optimism (Economic Prosperity % – Economic Difficulty %) for the globe as -2%.

Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher on the  economic optimism index with net economic optimism of 20% compared to global net economic optimism of -2%, a significant 22% above the global average.

Regional Results: In Bangladesh, 53% said 2018 will be a year of economic prosperity, 23% said economic difficulty while 20% said remain the same. 3% did not know or wish to respond. The study computed net economic optimism for Bangladesh as 30%. In India, 65% said 2018 will be a year of economic prosperity, 19% said economic difficulty while 15% said remain the same. 2% did not know or did not wish to respond. The study computed net economic optimism for India as 46%.

Question: “Compared to this year, in your opinion, will next year be a year of economic prosperity, economic difficulty or remain the same for your country?”

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General Hope in Pakistan: Pakistan ranks 18th globally, Bangladesh and India ahead of Pakistan

Respondents were then asked the following question, “As far as you are concerned, do you think that 2018 will be better, worse or the same as 2017?” In response to this question, 45% said that 2018 will be better than 2017, 21% said worse, 31% said same and 3% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Global result: Globally, 39% said that 2018 will be better than 2017, 23% said worse, 32% said same and 6% did not know or did not wish to respond. The study computed net hope (Better % – Worse %) for the globe as 16%.

Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher on the hope index with net hope of 24% compared to global net hope of 16%, a significant 8% below the global average.

Regional Results: In Bangladesh, 68% said that 2018 will be better than 2017, 17% said worse, 12% said same and 3% did not know or did not wish to respond. The study computed net hope for Bangladesh as 51%. In India, 66% said that 2018 will be better than 2017, 15% said worse, 17% said same and 2% did not know or did not wish to respond. The study computed net hope for India as 51%.

Question: “As far as you are concerned, do you think that 2018 will be better, worse or the same as 2017?”

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The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1000 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during October 30 – November 17, 2017. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

The global study of which Pakistan was a part comprised a sample of 53,769 men and women in 55 countries across the globe.

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