Rise In Public Opposition To Trade With India

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.

Comparative Picture:

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?”

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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.

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