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January 2, 2015
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78% Pakistanis trust performance of armed forces

Islamabad

January 2, 2015

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 78 per cent Pakistanis trust the performance of the Armed Forces whereas 39 per cent Pakistanis trust the performance of the National Assembly.
According to a survey conducted by Gallup Pakistan in 2013, 78 per cent Pakistanis said they trusted the performance of the Armed Forces; 17 per cent said they did not trust it. A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “I will take names of some organizations; kindly tell how much trust you have on the performance of the following organizations?” Regarding the performance of Armed Forces, 40 per cent respondents said they trust its performance too much, 38 per cent said they trust its performance to an extent, 10 per cent trust it less, while 7 per cent have no trust at all and 5 per cent did not respond.
This question was also asked in previous years. In 2008, trust in the performance of the Armed Forces was lower than in the years that followed. In 2008, 26 per cent respondents said they trust the performance of the army too much, 44 per cent said they trust it to an extent, 20 per cent said they trust it less, while 7 per cent did not trust it at all and 3 per cent did not respond. Trust ratings rose steadily after 2008 and remained high through 2009 and 2010, before falling slightly in 2011.
In 2011, 35 per cent respondents said they trust the performance of the army too much, 40 per cent said they trust it to an extent, 12 per cent said they trust it less, while 8 per cent did not trust it at all and 5 per cent did not respond. Pakistani public’s trust in the performance of the armed forces has risen again since 2011.
Contrary to that, 39 per cent expressed trust in the performance of the National Assembly whereas 57 39 per cent Pakistanis said they distrust it. This question was also asked in previous years. In 2008, 20 per cent respondents said

they trust the performance of the National too much, 47 per trusted it to an extent, 22 per cent trusted it less, while only 6 per cent did not trust it all and 5 per cent did not respond. The survey shows that since 2008, trust ratings for the performance of the National Assembly have fallen and remained consistently low. In 2009, 7 per cent respondents said they trust the performance of the National too much, 32 per cent trusted it to an extent, 35 per cent trusted it less, while 18 per cent did not trust it all and 8 per cent did not respond.
The report says that Pakistani public’s trust in the performance of the National Assembly remained around this level through 2010 and 2011, before rising slightly in 2012. In 2012, 13 per cent respondents said they trust the performance of the National too much, 30 per cent trusted it to an extent, 19 per cent trusted it less, while 32 per cent did not trust it all and 6 per cent did not respond.
As far as trust on media is concerned, 76 per cent Pakistanis said that they trust newspapers; 24 per cent do not trust them. A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “We want to ask you about how much you trust the following institutions?” Regarding newspapers, 27 per cent respondents said they trust them very much, 49 per cent said they somewhat trust newspapers, 19 per cent trust them very little, while 5 per cent have no trust in newspapers at all.
This question was also asked in previous years. In 1994, 11 per cent respondents said they trust newspapers very much, 26 per cent trusted them somewhat, 24 per cent trusted them very little, while 18 per cent did not trust them at all and 21 per cent did not reply. The survey shows that from 1994 to 1998, there was a rise in the number of respondents who said they trusted newspapers as well as those who said they did not trust newspapers, since only 1 per cent respondents did not respond to the question.
It says that since 1998, there has been a steady rise in the percentage of respondents who trust newspapers and a steady decline in the percentage of those who do not trust newspapers. In 2009, 28 per cent respondents said they trust newspapers very much, 32 per cent said they trust them somewhat, 16 per cent trusted them very little, while 16 per cent did not trust them at all and 8 per cent did not respond.

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