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Friday, March 13, 2015

Over the last decade, increasing number of Pakistanis report being happy with their income.

Islamabad, March 13, 2015

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 30% Pakistanis are extremely happy with their income; 36% Pakistanis are happy.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Please tell us whether you are happy about the following issues or not: Your income?” In response to this question, 30% respondents said they are extremely happy with their income, 36% respondents said they are happy, 25% are fine, while 7% respondents are unhappy with their income and 2% are extremely unhappy.

This question was also asked during previous years. The trend over the past decade indicates that Pakistanis are increasingly happy about their income. The percentage of respondents who said they are extremely happy with their income increased from 19% in 2005 and 2009, to 20% in 2012 and 30% in 2015. Those who said they are happy increased steadily from 2005 to 2012 (31% to 40%) but fell to 36% in 2015. The percentage of respondents who felt fine about their income was highest in 2005 at 32%, but has decreased since then to 28% in 2009 and 27% in 2012 before reaching its lowest at 25% in 2015. While those respondents who report being extremely unhappy with their income has always remained low, the percentage of those who report being unhappy has also fallen from 15% in 2009 to 9% in 2012 and 7% in 2015.      

Bilal Gilani, Executive Director at Gallup Pakistan, adds that satisfaction with Income situation is a perception indicator as compared to factual indicators of living standards, such as poverty score or being above or below poverty level. In certain situations, those below poverty level may still be happy or even very happy with their income. Contrary situation i.e. very high income individuals may perceive to be unhappy about their income situation. This important distinction is crucial while interpreting the results of this survey. 

Question: “Please tell us whether you are happy about the following issues or not: Your income?”


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 1413 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during February 2 - February 9, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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