Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 70% Pakistanis feel that wealth should be more evenly distributed; 30% feel the current distribution is fair. (This press release is Part 4 of a series on Taxation. This series has been released by Gallup Pakistan in anticipation of the annual budget)
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “In your opinion the distribution of money and wealth in this country today is fair, or do you feel that the money and wealth in this country should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of the people?” In response to this question, 30% respondents said the current distribution is fair, whereas 70% said that wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of people.
This question was also asked in America, by Gallup USA (not affiliated with Gallup Pakistan) during April 2015. Responding to this question, 31% American respondents said that the current distribution is fair, while 63% said that wealth should be more evenly distributed among a larger percentage of people, and 6% did not have any opinion.
Perceptions among both Pakistanis and Americans are quite similar about the distribution of wealth in their countries, with only a difference of 7% in the respondents from both countries who believe wealth should be more evenly distributed.
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.