ISLAMABAD:The results of a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan indicated that the proportion of Pakistanis who feel pride in their nation has dropped drastically since the time of the country’s 50th anniversary.
In a survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces were asked the following question: “How proud do you feel about calling yourself a Pakistani?” 62% said they are very proud to be Pakistani, whereas 24% said they were somewhat proud. 8% felt no pride in being Pakistani while 5% said they were ashamed. National pride is still high but has seen a significant decline over the last decade. In 1998, a year after Pakistan’s 50th anniversary, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces were asked the following question.
“How proud do you feel about calling yourself a Pakistani?” 79% said they felt very proud – a proportion significantly higher than the response in 2011. Back then only 7% said they felt no pride or were ashamed to be Pakistani; the figure has now risen to 13%. Many commentators on this situation have counseled that it is time for Pakistan to wake up and recapture the lost sense of self-confidence and patriotism. The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2702 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during 26 June – 2 July 2011. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.