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Close of Year 2019: Economic woes eat up Hope for the next year in Pakistan, with net hope falling by 23% in past one year. % of hopeful Pakistanis is 45% which is lower than India (56%) but higher than the global average. Pakistan is ranked 25th out of 46 countries in Gallup International’s Global Hope Index.

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According to a Gallup International Survey at the end of the year 2019, nearly 1 in 3 Pakistanis (31%) are pessimistic about the future, 45% are optimistic and 22% expect the new year 2020 to be the same as 2019. As compared to previous year there is a significant decline in proportion of Pakistanis who are hopeful (more details below). Pakistan now ranks 25th in terms of general hope for next year (among 46 countries surveyed) and 12th in terms of happiness.

These interesting findings have emerged out of an annual, 46 country research conducted by Gallup International (founded by the world-renowned scholar and pollster Dr. George Gallup in 1947). The survey in Pakistan was done by Gallup Pakistan, Pakistan’s oldest and trusted survey firm, working since 1979.

The study comprised internationally of 45,676 respondents covering different ethnicities, regions, religions, age and gender. This study has been conducted every year in Pakistan and globally for the past 43 years and is unique in terms of sample size, coverage and longitudinal analysis.

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