ISLAMABAD – Despite the efforts and wishes of national and international players, Majority of Pakistanis are not in the favour of trade with India, recent survey revealed.
According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1989 (25 years ago), 67% Pakistanis believed that Pakistan should trade with India; 22% disagreed.
Twenty-five years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Do you think Pakistan should trade with India or not?” Responding to this question, 67% respondents said Pakistan should trade with India, 22% respondents said Pakistan should not trade with India, while 11% did not reply.
This question was asked again in 2014 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2014, 65% respondents said Pakistan should trade with India, and 35% said Pakistan should not trade with India. While the percentage of respondents who favor trade with India has remained the same, those who oppose it have risen from 22% to 35%. Meanwhile, there are none who did not respond to the question which indicates that respondents who might have stayed neutral on the subject in the past are increasingly leaning towards a negative perception of trade relations with India.
Question: “Do you think Pakistan should trade with India or not?”
Gallup Pakistan has been polling in Pakistan since 1979 (over 35 years). During this time millions of Pakistanis have been surveyed by over a thousand interviewers of Gallup.