Islamabad, March 27th, 2020
According to a Gallup International Snap Poll conducted in March 2020, over 3 in 5 (62%) Pakistanis feel that the threat from Coronavirus is exaggerated. Over 1 in 3 (35%) see the virus as a real threat.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women from across the four provinces was asked the following question, “Do you agree or disagree that the threat from the coronavirus is exaggerated?” In response to this question, 62% Pakistanis claimed the threat is exaggerated while 35% believe that the threat of the virus is not exaggerated.
Globally, 49% feel that the threat from the coronavirus is being exaggerated while 46% feel that there is no exaggeration in the threat from coronavirus.
Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher than 23 countries in terms of belief that the threat from coronavirus is exaggerated and lower than 4 countries. Pakistan ranks 5th highest out of 28 countries in terms of countries that believe that the threat is exaggerated. 73% of the people in both North Macedonia and Bosnia & Herzegovina agree that the threat is exaggerated with Austria and France ranking lowest in the belief that the threat of coronavirus is exaggerated.
In India, 51% feel that the threat is exaggerated while 43% disagree. In Afghanistan, 59% agree that the threat from coronavirus is exaggerated while 38% disagree.