According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1988 (26 years ago), 25%
Pakistanis considered Inflation the biggest problem of Pakistan; in 2014, 41% Pakistanis think the same. 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
Twenty-six years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four
provinces was asked “In your opinion, which one is the biggest problem of Pakistan?” Responding to this
question, 25% respondents said Inflation was the biggest problem of Pakistan, 22% named Unemployment,
17% mentioned Law and Order situation/Terrorism, and 3% were worried about Foreign Aggression. 29%
respondents gave other responses and 4% did not respond.
Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2014. In 2014, 41% respondents said Inflation is
the biggest problem of Pakistan at the moment, while Law and Order/Terrorism took second place with 31%
respondents considering it the biggest problem. The respondents mentioning Unemployment decreased from
22% to 19% in 2014 and, those mentioning Foreign Aggression increased from 3% to 5%. 2% respondents
named other problems and 2% did not respond.