According to the GlobeScan Canada Study, 31% Pakistanis believe that it is necessary to take major steps to address climate change very soon and 23% believe that it is not necessary to take any steps. The fieldwork for the survey in Pakistan was conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association. This study was conducted in 24 countries, in which approximately 24000 randomly chosen men and women were asked a set of questions. The full report of this study can be requested from Gallup Pakistan.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “As you may know there is some discussion these days about whether it is necessary to take steps to reduce the impact of human activities that are thought to cause global warming or climate change. Would you say that you believe that . . . ?”In response, 31% Pakistanis responded that they believed it is necessary to take major steps very soon; 42% said that it is necessary to take some steps; and 23% believe that it is not necessary to take any steps. According to the average response across 20 countries, 53% of the people had said that it is necessary to take major steps soon. Thus 22% fewer Pakistanis than the average believed that it is necessary to take steps for climate change and Pakistan ranks 19 out of the 20 countries in this regard.
When the same question was asked in other countries, 41% of the Indians and 55% in the UK agreed that it is necessary to take major steps towards climate change very soon. Compared to Pakistan, 10% more Indians and 13% more in the UK believed that it is very important to address climate change soon. Furthermore Pakistan’s trend shows that there has been a steady decrease in the percentage of Pakistanis who believe in the need to address climate change over the years. In 2009, 42% Pakistanis believed in taking major steps, 30% believed so in 2013 and 31% in 2015. Similarly 17% said that it is not necessary to take any steps in 2009, 21% said the same in 2013 and 23% in 2015.