Islamabad, July 09, 2013
According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 57% of Pakistanis believe that the taxes imposed by the government are unjust.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “Some people think that taxes imposed by the government are just while others think they are unjust. What is your opinion on this?” Responding to this, 57% said unjust and 42% said just. However, 1 % did not respond. Interviewees were further asked “In your opinion, are taxation levels in Pakistan higher than necessary, lesser than necessary or at the optimal level?” To this, 66% answered more than necessary, 19% said less than necessary and 14% said at the optimal level. However, 1% chose not to respond.
A comparison of answers from across the four provinces revealed that more people from Sindh (68%) and Balochistan (65%) perceive state tax impositions as unjust when compared to residents from Punjab (57%) and KPK (34%). The same question was repeated earlier this year in January, where a similar figure of respondents (56%) claimed that government tax impositions were unjust.
Question: “Some people think that the taxes imposed by the government are reasonable while others perceive them as unjust. What is your opinion on this?”
Comparison across provinces (tax impositions are unjust %)
Source: Gallup and Gilani Surveys
the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association
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 2646 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during June 17, 2013 – June 24, 2013. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.