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55% of Pakistanis still think coronavirus threat is exaggerated: survey

67% of people surveyed believed government is handling situation well

SAMAA | - Posted: Jun 24, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
Posted: Jun 24, 2020 | Last Updated: 5 months ago
55% of Pakistanis still think coronavirus threat is exaggerated: survey

Police officer instructs people to stay home during the lockdown in Karachi. Photo: Online

A recent opinion poll revealed that 55% of Pakistanis surveyed still believe the threat of COVID-19 is exaggerated in the country.

Gallup Pakistan and the Gilani Research Foundation released on Monday the results of their Attitude Tracker Survey for “Wave 6” of coronavirus in the country.

They had asked a “nationally representative” sample of the population what they thought of the virus between June 4 and June 13.

Out of the 1,050 people surveyed, 55% were of the opinion that the pandemic threat was greatly exaggerated in Pakistan while 41% agreed that the threat was real. The remaining four percent did not respond or said they didn’t know.

Though still concerning, the number of people in denial about the COVID-19 situation in Pakistan has fallen by eight percent from the last survey conducted between May 1 and May 20. During that period, 63%—the highest so far—thought the coronavirus threat was exaggerated.

However, confidence in the government’s ability to tackle the threat is declining, according to another survey released on Tuesday.

“Since April, there has been a significant 15% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who opine that the federal government of Pakistan is controlling the coronavirus situation very well,” read Gallup Pakistan’s weekly perception tracker poll.

Around 67% of those surveyed believed the government was handling the task well compared to 82% in April. Meanwhile 28% were unsatisfied with the federal government’s response and five percent did not respond.

The recent survey was carried out via phone interviews among 1,050 adults in urban and rural areas of all four provinces between June 4 and June 13.

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