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Nearly 4 in 5 Pakistanis (78%) say they are willing to sacrifice some of their human rights in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus

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Islamabad, March 30, 2020

According to a Gallup International Snap Poll conducted in March 2020, nearly 4 in 5 (78%) Pakistanis say they are willing to sacrifice some of their human rights in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women from across the four provinces was asked the following question, “How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “I am willing to sacrifice some of my human rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus?” In response to this question, 78% Pakistanis said they would be willing to sacrifice some of their rights if it helps prevent the spread of the virus while 18% said they would not be willing to sacrifice any rights. 4% say do not know/do not wish to respond.

Global result: Globally, 75% agreed that they would be willing to sacrifice some human right to prevent the spread of the virus while 19% disagreed.

Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher than 15 countries in terms of readiness to sacrifice human rights for prevention and lower than 12 countries. Pakistan ranks 13th highest out of 28 countries in readiness to forego some human rights for prevention of coronavirus; higher than the global average. Austria ranks the highest with 95% ready to sacrifice human rights while Japans ranks lowest.

Regional Results: In India, 85% say they would be willing to sacrifice their human rights to prevent the spread of coronavirus while 10% disagreed. In Afghanistan, 75% agree that they will sacrifice some human rights while 25% disagree.

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