According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1999 (17 years ago) respondents were asked, “In the last one year has robbery and unrest increased, decreased or remained the same in your area/ neighborhood?” To this, 30% said increased, 34% said decreased and 31% said remained the same. 5% did not know or did not wish to respond.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 14% said increased, 44% said decreased and 42% said remained the same.
According to public opinion, there has been a 16% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe robbery and unrest has increased in their area/ neighborhood, a 10% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe robbery and unrest has decreased in their area/ neighborhood and a 11% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe robbery and unrest has remained the same in their area/ neighborhood.
Decline in Crime Rate:
Of the 44% who believe robbery and unrest has decreased in their area/neighborhood, 48% are males and 38% are females; 44% reside in rural area, 43% in urban area. Provincially, 40% are residents of Punjab, 44% Sindh, 49% KPK and 66% Balochistan.
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.