According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 33% Pakistanis said that the biggest problem facing Pakistan is inflation; 32% named terrorism as the biggest problem.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, What do you think is the biggest problem facing Pakistan right now? In response to this question, 33% respondents said inflation is the biggest problem facing Pakistan, 32% said terrorism is the biggest problem facing Pakistan, 25% believe unemployment is the biggest problem, 7% believe foreign dangers are the biggest problem, while 2% respondents said Kashmir is the biggest problem and 1% respondents named others.
This question was also asked during previous years. Over the past five years, inflation has been named by most people as the biggest problem facing Pakistan but its importance has been decreasing since 2012. In 2012, inflation was named as the biggest problem by 52% respondents. This percentage had dropped to 43% by 2014, and decreased further to 33% in 2015. This decline has been complimented by an unprecedented increase in those naming terrorism as the biggest problem between 2014 and 2015 (22% to 32%). There have been an inconsistent number of respondents, over the last five years, who believe terrorism is the biggest problem. In 2012, 16% respondents named terrorism as the biggest problem, followed by 24% in 2013, and 22% in 2014. The percentage of respondents who named unemployment as the biggest problem were 26% in 2012, but decreased to 18% in 2013 (corresponding with increases in respondents naming terrorism and foreign dangers). The number recovered to 26% again in 2014 and remained almost consistent at 25% in 2015. Foreign dangers have also been increasing in importance according to public estimation, rising from 3% in 2012 to 7% in 2015.