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Improving ties between UK and Pakistan? Pakistanis express increasing level of trust regarding British people; a larger proportion however seems to have a negative opinion.

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According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1991 (24 years ago), 4% Pakistanis said that the British are very trustworthy, 13% said that they are somewhat trustworthy, 17% were indifferent while another 26% said that they are not trustworthy. 20% said that the British are not trustworthy at all and 20% did not respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2015 to enable a solid comparison and to observe the trend in public opinion. In 2015, 6% respondents said that they trust the British a lot, 24% said that they somewhat trust them, 19% were indifferent and 21% said that they did not trust the British. A further 21% said that they did not trust the British at all and 9% did not respond.

Public opinion has changed over the years with a general increase in the number of people who claim to have trust in the British. Those who said that they trust the British a lot increased by 2% from 1991 to 2015 while those who somewhat trust them increased by 11%. Further, there has been a 2% increase in those who are indifferent as well as a 5% decrease in those who do not trust the British. There has however been a 1% increase in those who do not trust the British at all.

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.

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