Thursday Apr 08, 2021
KARACHI: Close to 73% of Pakistanis consider the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to the findings of a new opinion poll conducted by IPSOS from March 18-24, 2021, with a sample size of 1,000.
The IPSOS survey found that 62% of the respondents identified inflation, poverty and unemployment as the biggest issues confronting the masses.
Regarding the country’s overall direction, 23% found nothing wrong with Pakistan's policies, but around 70% of the people expressed anxiety over the country’s plight, while 30% found conditions satisfactory.
As far as the economic situation of the country is concerned, national confidence looks to be waning.
According to the poll, 64% of the respondents described economic conditions to be bad, while 36% found them to be good.
As many as 41% people were disappointed with economic conditions and suspected further deterioration. However, 32% expressed a moderate viewpoint, 27% were confident that the economy will improve.
Separately, 27% found the economy to be standing on weak foundations, while 12% found themselves to be economically better off. The remaining 61% said their economic status to be neither positive nor negative.
Close to 38% of the overall sample size expressed disappointment over any improvement in economic conditions in the next six months, while 29% hoped the next six months will bring positive change on the economic front. As many as 33% maintained a moderate viewpoint.
IPSOS found as many as 62% of the respondents identified inflation, poverty and unemployment as the biggest issues confronting the people. In a further breakup, 32% described inflation as the biggest problem, while 20% found unemployment very disturbing and 10% termed increasing poverty as their main worry.
Of those who were asked this question, 16% found coronavirus, 3% corruption and nepotism, and 1% found loadshedding to be the top issue that needs to be addressed.
Inflation was termed the most critical problem across the provinces. In KP, 38% described it as their biggest worry, followed by 22% vexed by unemployment, 15% with coronavirus, 7% frustrated with increasing poverty, 5% found disturbed with corruption and nepotism.
In Sindh, 31% identified inflation as the biggest problem, while 25% were disturbed by unemployment, 14% with the coronavirus pandemic, 9% with increasing poverty, while 4% said corruption and nepotism were the top-most issues they face.
Similarly, in Punjab 31% considered inflation as the biggest problem, while 17% were disturbed with unemployment, an equal percentage with the coronavirus pandemic, 11% with increasing poverty and 4% described increasing taxes as the most troublesome issue of the province.
In Balochistan, 30% said they were frustrated with inflation, while an equal percentage of the people surveyed said they were concerned over the unemployment issue. However, 13% were found to be disturbed with increasing poverty, 10% with coronavirus while 3% complained about restrictions over the independence of media and censorship of the press.
Originally published in The News