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Privatization: 29% increase in opposition to privatization between 1991 and 2015.

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According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1991 (24 years ago) respondents were asked about the government’s decision to privatize public sector banks and industrial units. 58% Pakistanis said that they supported this policy of privatization while 25% said they opposed it. 17% did not respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2015 to enable a more holistic comparison. In 2015, the question was modified slightly to gauge public opinions about a potential policy of privatization. In response, 45% Pakistanis said that they would support such a policy if it was initiated while 54% said they would oppose it. 1% did not respond.

Public opinion regarding a policy of privatization seems to have grown less favorably during the course of these 24 years. There has been a 13% decrease in respondents who said they supported the privatization policy in 1992 to those who said they would support it if it was initiated in 2015. Likewise, there has been a 29% increase in respondents who opposed the policy in 2015 to those who said they would oppose it in 2015.

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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