Stunning Survey of Coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD - The Coronavirus Attitude Tracker Survey by Gallup Pakistan is about changes in public perception, attitude and behaviour since the beginning of the lockdown in Pakistan; public response and behaviour towards coronavirus initiatives and preventive measures; and the overall changes and impact of the lockdown on the daily lives of ordinary Pakistanis and businesses.
The survey found that 57% of respondents and those from Sindh (65%) are most likely to agree that the threat of coronavirus is exaggerated.
Respondents from Pakistan are fourth most likely to believe that the COVID-19 threat is exaggerated. Those from Japan (12%) are least likely to say the same.
The survey findings show that public opinion is split over the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under control; 47% agree, while 48% disagree — 33% strongly disagree.
Every one in five Pakistani (22%) said that someone from within his/her social circle has contracted the coronavirus. In comparison, only 6% Indians reported the same.
Another finding of the survey was that 12% Pakistanis claim to know someone in their social circle who died after contracting the coronavirus. One-third of Pakistanis are sceptical about the number of COVID-19 cases being reported by the government.
Since April, a hefty 15% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis has been witnessed who opine that the federal government of Pakistan is controlling the coronavirus situation very well — now 67% agree, while 28% disagree.