Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 63% Pakistanis think that Pakistan should keep ties with India even before the Kashmir issue is solved; 37% disagree. (This press release is Part 3 of a 5-part series on Kashmir)
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “In your opinion, should Pakistan keep ties with India on any level before the issue of Kashmir is solved or not?” In response to this question, 63% respondents said that Pakistan should keep ties with India even before the Kashmir issue is solved, while 37% respondents believe that Pakistan should not keep ties with India at all until the Kashmir issue has been solved.
This question has also been asked previously during the past five years. In 2010 public opinion was split almost equally, with 50% respondents saying that ties with India should be maintained anyway and 49% disagreeing.
Since 2010, there has been a decrease in those respondents who believe that ties with India should not be maintained until the Kashmir issue is solved. In 2011, 57% respondents said that ties should be kept while 42% disagreed. In 2012 an even larger number of respondents said that ties should be maintained (62%), while 37% disagreed.
In 2013 and 2014, there was once again an increase in public opinion that held that ties with India should not be kept until Kashmir issue was resolved. In 2013, 56% respondents said that ties should be kept while 44% disagreed. In 2014, 56% respondents said that ties should be kept while 43% disagreed.
In 2015, there has once again been an increase in the percentage of respondents who believe that ties should be maintained before Kashmir issue is solved (63%), with opposing opinion falling to 37% again.
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 1306 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during February 16 – February 23, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.
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