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Since 1991, 10% fall in the popularity of MNA/MPA/Political Leaders among locals. In 2020, 46% reported liking no one in their area (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan Poll)

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Islamabad, March 05, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1991, respondents were asked “In your area, on a local level, who do people like the most?” In response, 26% said MNA/MPA/Political Leaders, 18% said landlords, 14% said no one, 11% said councilor, 7% said Chairman Punchayat Committee, 5% said religious scholar, 4% said spiritual leader, and 3% said social leader.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2020 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2020, 46% said no one, followed by 16% who said MNA/MPA/Political Leaders, 12% said religious scholar, 10% said councilor, 8% said Chairman Panchayat Committee, 3% said landlords, 3% said spiritual leader and 2% said social leader.

Implication of this finding: Over the past 30 years, the importance and influence of political and social leaders has deteriorated with majority now opining they have no particular leader they like the most in their locality. This could be attributed to a lack of trust that people place in people with authority. It should however be noted that political leaders despite the fall continue to remain the most popular choice.

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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