36% Pakistanis claim to be happy with their lives; 13% claim to be unhappy: Survey


ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 36% Pakistanis claim to be happy with their lives while 13% claim to be unhappy; 44% are neither happy nor unhappy.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Are you happy or unhappy with your life?” In response, 36% said that they are happy, 13% said that they are unhappy and a substantial 44% said that they are neither happy nor unhappy. 7% did not respond.

This question was also asked previously in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. The general trend in public opinion has slightly changed over the course of these four years with a general decrease in people who claim to be happy with their lives.

The percentage of people who are happy with their lives increased from 40% in November 2011 and November 2012 to 43% in October 2013 however it has now decreased sharply to 36% in August 2015.

Similarly those who are unhappy with their live increased from 10% in 2011 to 14% in November 2012 and 16% in October 2013 after which it fell down slightly to 13% in August 2015. The percentage of those who responded that they are neither happy nor unhappy with their lives wavered during these four years. It decreased from 46% in November 2011 to 41% in November 2012 and 38% in October 2013. Eventually, it increased to 44% in August 2015.