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Over a period of 16 years, a decrease of 17 percentage-point has taken place in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that a lot of people who do good do not receive recognition or rewards for it in our society.

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In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2003, i.e., 16 years ago, respondents were asked, “Please tell us whether you consider the following statement to be right or wrong: a lot of people do good for which they don’t get rewarded, nor do they get recognized?” In response to this question, 77% said it was right,18% said it was wrong, while 5% did not know or did not wish to respond.

 

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2019 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2019, 60% responded yes, 32% responded with wrong, while 8% did not know or did not wish to respond.

 

Findings on this question are available from the year 2003 onwards, and the graph below shows how the figures have fluctuated over the years.

 

If we compare 2003 to 2019, there has been an decrease of 17 percentage-points in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that people do in fact get rewarded and recognized for the good that they do. Concurrently, there has been a 14 percentage-point decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that this is not the case. It appears that optimism has increased in the country with regard to the rewards for practicing virtue.

 

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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