41% Pakistanis say they have confidence in the press; 56% say the opposite, Poll


Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 41% Pakistanis say they have confidence in the press; 56% say the opposite.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Could you tell me how much confidence you have in the Press?” Responding to this, 8% said they had a great deal of confidence in the press, 33% said quite a lot of confidence, 39% replied not very much and 17% said none at all. 3% did not respond.

A similar survey was conducted in China where 12% said they had a great deal of confidence in the press, 48% said quite a lot of confidence and 24% said not very much.

2% said none at all and 14% did not respond. When the same question was asked in Philippines, 19% said they had a great deal of confidence in the press, 48% said quite a lot of confidence, 28% replied not very much and 5% said none at all.

In the United States, 2% set a great deal of confidence in the institution, 21% said quite a lot and 59% said not very much. 17% of the respondents said none at all and 1% did not respond.

This study was done as part of the World Values Survey Sixth Wave, conducted apart from Pakistan in 60 other countries. The study was released recently in Doha where Gallup Pakistan’s Executive Director represented Pakistan.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1200 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during 30th January – 20th February, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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