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Pak@65: India is NOT enemy no 1, the US is

Last updated on: August 30, 2012 12:48 IST

Pak@65: India is NOT enemy no 1, the US is

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, from among key global and regional players, Pakistanis view China as most friendly and the United States as hostile.

The findings were based on a nation-wide opinion poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2,685 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during July 27, 2012 -- August 04, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately 2-3 percent at 95 per cent confidence level.

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Image: Men place slippers on an image United States President Barack Obama during an anti-US demonstration in Quetta
Photographs: Naseer Ahmed/Reuters

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International friendship and hostility

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Given a choice between China, India and the US, 67 per cent of Pakistanis choose China, 7 per cent choose the US and only 4 per cent choose India as Pakistan's best Friend.

Question: Among the states listed on this Round Card which would you consider as Pakistan's best friend? 

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Image: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari reaches out to shake hands with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing
Photographs: Alexander F Yuan/Pool/Reuters
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Pakistan's major achievement in 65 years

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Pakistan's nuclear capability is seen as its key achievement in 65-year-history, rated by 40 per cent. A smaller number, at 7 per cent, take pride in technological break-throughs specially telecom, while a modern motorway inspires 2 per cent.

Question: What would you describe as Pakistan's Number one Achievement since its creation in 1947?

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Image: Scientists, engineers and army personnel pose for a photograph before the test flight of a Hatf-VI missile, with a range of 2,000 km in Pakistan
Photographs: Reuters
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Major failures in 65 years

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Corruption and Economic Failures prick Pakistanis the most. Also, failure to keep Bangladesh within the Union of Pakistan haunts many.

Question: What would you describe as Pakistan's Number one Failure since its creation in 1947?

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Photographs: Reuters

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Internal and external threats

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Pakistanis are divided on whether the threat to nation comes principally from 'internal' or 'external' sources. 40 per cent fear internal threats and a higher proportion at 51 per cent fear external threats.

Question: Like all nations of the world, Pakistan faces several problems like economic threats (meaning that Pakistan is undergoing financial troubles),political threats (meaning political leadership and institutions are week), social threats (meaning people belonging to different regions fight) and religious threats (meaning people of different faith fight with eachother).

In your opinion, which is the most important threat out of these?

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Image: A plume of smoke rises from the background as a military official uses a phone at the entrance to the Mehran naval aviation base which was attacked by terrorists in Karachi
Photographs: Athar Hussain/Reuters
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View on democracy at 65

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Majority favors democracy: Having experimented with other forms of government, during its 65 years history, a vast majority of Pakistanis value democracy as most suitable for their country; 62 per cent favor, 28 per cent opposed.

Question: Some people think that democratic system is the best system for Pakistan whereas some people think that democratic system is not in Pakistan's interest. What is your opinion on this?


Photographs: Reuters
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Direction of the nation

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Vast majority is dissatisfied with the direction of the nation; only 19 per cent are satisfied, 81 per cent are dissatisfied.

Question: Generally, is Pakistan heading in the right direction or wrong direction?

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Image: A man, with his face painted depicting the colours of the Pakistan national flag, attends a ceremony to mark the country's Independence Day at the Wagah border
Photographs: Reuters
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On partition of India 65 years ago

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Sixty-five years after the partition of India, 82 per cent of Pakistanis say they would have voted for Partition of India to create Pakistan; 17 per cent say they would have opposed.

Question: If you were an adult in 1947 (and could therefore vote) would you have voted for or against the partition of India and creation of Pakistan?

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Photographs: Picture courtesy: Wikipedia

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Has creation of Pakistan paid-off?

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Only 16 per cent believe they would have been 'better off' if Pakistan was not created; 57 per cent believe they and their families would have been 'worse off'; 26 per cent think it would be 'no different'.

Question: If Pakistan had not been created in 1947, would you and your family be better off or worse off than what you are today?



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