Close of year 2018: More than 1 in 2 (54%) Pakistanis are optimistic about the upcoming year, Pakistanis significantly more hopeful than an average global citizen: Survey

Islamabad, December 31, 2018 (PPI-OT): According to a Gallup International Survey conducted by its Pakistani affiliate, Gallup Pakistan, at the start of the year 2019, only 1 in 5 Pakistanis (17%) are pessimistic about the future. Furthermore in terms of global comparison, Pakistan ranks 14th in terms of general hope for next year and 5th in terms of optimism on global peace.

These interesting findings have emerged out of a 50 country research conducted by Gallup International (founded by the world renowned scholar and pollster Dr. George Gallup in 1947). The study comprised internationally of 48,745 respondents covering different ethnicities, regions, religions, age and gender. The international press release with report can be accessed here. This study has been conducted every year in Pakistan and globally for the past 42 years and is unique in terms of sample size, coverage and longitudinal analysis.

Hope Index of Pakistan: Pakistan although ahead of the global average ranks 14th globally, India ahead of Pakistan

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women from across the four provinces was asked the following question, “As far as you are concerned, do you think that 2019 will be better, worse or the same as 2018?” In response to this question, 54% Pakistanis said they are optimistic about 2019, 17% think that 2019 will be worse than 2018, 23% think that it will be the same and 5% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Global result: Globally, 39% said that 2019 will be better than 2018, 24% said that it will be worse, while 31% think it will be the same. 7% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Comparing Pakistan’s figure with the global average figure, Pakistan ranks higher on the hope index with net hope of 37% compared to global net hope of 15%, a significant 22% above the global average.

Regional Results: In India, 69% said they are hopeful, 5% said they not hopeful about the upcoming year and 21% said they think 2019 will be the same. The study computed net hope for India as 64%. In Afghanistan, 41% said they are optimistic about 2019, 30% think that it will be worse and 27% think that it will be same as 2018. The study computed net hope for Afghanistan as 11%.

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