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Monday, February 2, 2015

Rising belief among the Pakistani public that minority communities in Pakistan have equal rights, freedom of religious expression and speech.

Islamabad, February 2, 2015

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 87% Pakistanis believe that minorities in Pakistan have freedom of speech, freedom of religious expression, and equal rights; 8% Pakistanis disagree.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Some people believe that the minority communities in Pakistan have freedom of speech, equal rights and freedom of religious expression. While others believe this is not true. What is your opinion?” In response to this question, 87% respondents said that minorities in Pakistan do have freedom of speech, freedom of religious expression and equal rights. On the other hand, 8% respondents said that minorities in Pakistan do not have these freedoms and equal rights, and 5% respondents did not respond.  

This question was also asked in previous years. In 2011, 78% respondents believed that minorities had equal rights and freedoms, while 15% disagreed and 7% did not respond. In 2012, the percentage of respondents who said that minorities had equal rights and freedoms declined to 68%, compared to 16% who said this was not the case. Since 2012, the proportion of respondents who believe minorities have equal rights has been increasing again. In 2013, the percentage of respondents who said that minorities had equal rights and freedoms rose to 76%, compared to 17% who said this was not the case. Over the last four years, the highest percentage of respondents said that minorities have equal rights and freedoms in 2014 (87%).

Question: “Some people believe that the minority communities in Pakistan have freedom of speech, equal rights and freedom of religious expression. While others believe this is not true. What is your opinion?”


Source: Gilani Research Foundation Poll (GRF Poll)
Field work conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association



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 2442 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during December 29, 2014 – January 05, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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