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Over a period of 18 years, 17% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who say poverty has increased in the country.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1999 (18 years ago) respondents were asked “In your opinion, has poverty in our country increased, decreased or remained the same in the last decade?” Responding to this, 60% Pakistanis believed that poverty in the country had increased,13% said it had decreased and 27% said it had remained the same.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 43% Pakistanis believed that poverty in the country has increased, 24% said it has decreased and 32% said it has remained the same. 1% did not wish to respond.

The findings are available since 1999 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated over the years. It is worth noting that the figure for increase in poverty rose to a high of 84% in the late 2000’s (2009), and has been dropping since then.

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