Islamabad, April 3, 2015
According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 53% Pakistanis think that the Kashmir issue can be resolved in their lifetime; 45% disagree. (This press release is Part 5 of a 5-part series on Kashmir)
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “In your opinion can the issue of Kashmir be solved in your lifetime?” In response to this question, 53% respondents said that a solution to the Kashmir issue was possible during their lifetime, while 45% said that a solution was not possible during their lifetime and 2% did not respond.
This question has also been asked previously during the past five years and opinion has usually been divided. In 2010, 53% respondents said a solution was possible during their lifetime while 45% believed it was not possible. By 2011, public opinion had slightly swung the other way with 45% saying a solution was possible and 51% disagreeing. In 2012, 49% believed a solution was possible during their lifetime while 46% did not. Pessimism about the situation rose over the next two years and in 2014, 56% respondents believed that the issue would not be resolved in their lifetime and 39% disagreed. Since last year, there has been an upswing in optimism with 53% saying a situation is possible in their lifetime and 45% believing it is not.
Question: “In your opinion can the issue of Kashmir be solved in your lifetime?”
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 1306 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during February 16 - February 23, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.