According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1991 (24 years ago), 65% Pakistanis believed that Independence Day that year was celebrated with greater fervor and enthusiasm than the previous years. 21% on the other hand said that there was no difference from the previous years and 7% said that it was celebrated with less enthusiasm. 7% did not respond.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2015 to enable a more holistic comparison. In 2015, 55% Pakistanis said that Independence Day was celebrated with more enthusiasm than the previous years while 18% said that it was celebrated with less enthusiasm. 23% said that there was no difference in enthusiasm and 4% did not respond.
Public perception regarding Independence Day celebrations has changed over the course of 24 years with fewer Pakistanis feeling that there has been an increase in enthusiasm compared to previous years. There has been a 10% decrease in respondents who think that Independence Day was celebrated with more enthusiasm in 2015 than those who said the same in 1991. Furthermore there has been an 11% increase in those who said that enthusiasm has decreased and a 2% increase in those who say that there has been no difference in enthusiasm.
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.