Survey (38% Pakistanis want government to be more involved in solving the nation’s problems even if it requires increased taxes,Poll)


Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 38% Pakistanis want government to be more involved in solving the nation’s problems even if it requires increased taxes.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Would you rather have more government involvement in addressing the nation’s problems if that meant more taxes, less government involvement in addressing the nation’s problems in order to reduce taxes or government involvement and taxes about as we have them now?” In response to this question, 38% respondents said that they would rather have more government involvement in solving the nation’s problems even if it meant more taxes, 28% respondents said that they would rather have less government involvement and reduced taxes, while 30% want involvement and taxes to remain as it is and 4% did not respond.

This question was also asked in America, by Gallup USA (not affiliated with Gallup Pakistan) during September 2013. Responding to this question, 13% American respondents said that they would rather have more government involvement and more taxes, 53% respondents said that they would prefer reduced government involvement and less taxes, while 31% would prefer taxes and involvement as it is now and 2% did not give an opinion.

The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1574 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during March 16- March 23, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.