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Global Politics with a focus on The Middle East

Pakistan gets surveyed III: No major surprises

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Welcome to another edition of Pakistan gets surveyed! This time, its via the folks at Gallup Pakistan. The survey was conducted for the Gilani Research Foundation (not to be confused with the current Prime Minister of the country, Yousuf Raza Gilani).

The survey of 2700 people, conducted last week, proves the same old points.

51% of people surveyed support the current military operation in South Waziristan, while they also don’t think this is a Pakistani problem – 35% blame the USA and 31% blame the Pakistani government and politicians. Only 25% blame the Taliban. Though the way the question was framed was rather ridiculous too.

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Oddly enough, when asked whose war this was, 39% responded that it was America’s war, while 37% thought it was Pakistan’s. Now if only they had included a question on that other great bone of contention, the Kerry-Lugar/Berman bill..

Previous posts about surveys on Pakistan:


Written by Saba Imtiaz

November 5, 2009 at 12:30 am

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  1. Interesting stats.
    It doesn’t come as a surprise that a majority of the population still lingers in the state of denial. All the talk of unity and gibberish of fighting a war against terrorism is but an inflated nothingness. We need education and a social shift of vox populi through this education which, for now, rests upon the sole basis of religiosity and anti-Americanism.

    Salman Latif

    November 10, 2009 at 5:48 am

    • Surveys such as this one aren’t really representative of the majority of the population and what they’re thinking. But education – and exposure, and free speech, and oh, so many things! – would let people have their own views, whether they are religious or anti-America or not.

      Saba Imtiaz

      November 11, 2009 at 6:43 am

  2. […] public opinion as a whole. According to a recently administered poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan [via the Zeitgeist Politics], while 51% of those surveyed in the country support the military’s offensive in South […]

  3. […] really is about who is to blame for Pakistan’s current state. As exemplified by several opinion surveys, the rather ridiculous statements given by Pakistani musicians and by the various conversations […]

  4. I love the post titles, with the running count and the same outcome. Amazing.

    Also, where can one find full version of said poll?


    Sohaib Athar

    November 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    • They haven’t uploaded the full version yet. And I keep hoping for a surprise…in vain.

      Saba Imtiaz

      November 18, 2009 at 6:08 am

      • Don’t lose hope. Zaid Hamid will soon be president, inshallah.

        Sohaib Athar

        November 18, 2009 at 7:59 am

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