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Over a period of 16 years, an 8 percentage-point increase has taken place in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that whatever happens in this world happens fairly.

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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: whatever happens in this world happens fairly?” In response to this question, 21% said it was right, 73% said it was wrong, while 6% 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, 29% responded yes, 61% responded with wrong, while 10% did not know or did not wish to respond.

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

There has been an increase of 8 percentage-points in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that whatever happens in this world happens fairly. Concurrently, there has been a 12 percentage-point decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe that whatever happens in the world does not happen fairly. It appears that optimism has increased in the country with regard to the affairs of the world.

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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