A majority of Pakistanis believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction. According to the latest survey by research company IPSOS, four out of every five persons in Pakistan view that the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Citing the report released on 15 December, The News International reported that only 23% Pakistanis believe that the country is moving towards the right direction and 77% believe otherwise.
The survey was conducted between 1 December and 6 December, and more than 1,000 people from all over the country participated in it.
Last year, in the fourth quarter, 21% Pakistanis believed that the country was headed on the right track, while 79% had a contrasting opinion, media reported.
This year, 36% people acknowledged that their current personal financial situation is weak, while 13% termed it as strong and 51% said it is neither strong nor weak.
The survey indicated that almost all the provinces in Pakistan were in “poor financial situation” with inflation ranked number 1 among the list of top 4 contributors to the desperate situation, media reported.
Nearly 20% Pakistanis people in Sindh called unemployment (20%) as a major problem, followed by COVID-19 (17%) and poverty (16%).
In Punjab, 23% people felt the province’s poor financial situation stems from unemployement, 8% thought it was due to COVID-19 and 14% believed poverty has a role.
About 18% people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa believed unemployment, 12% viewed coronavirus and 8% called poverty as the reason behind the province’s financial situation.
In Balochistan about 25% blamed unemployment, and 25% felt it was poverty that has behind the province’s poor financial condition.
Pakistan is in turmoil over a series of protest by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) against Imran Khan and the military establishment. Pakistan former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while addressing a virtual rally on 13 December via video link, blasted the armed forces for its involvement in the political matter of the country and asked them to stop “political engineering factories in agencies”.
Cash strapped Pakistan has been hit hard by COVID-19 pandemic.