ISLAMABAD, Oct 3 (INP): According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 87% Pakistanis trust teachers; only 31% trust the police.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “In regards to honesty and moral character, how much do you trust the following people?” Responding to this question, 59% respondents said they trust teachers a lot, 28% trust them somewhat, 11% trust them very little while 2% don’t trust them at all. Regarding doctors, 48% Pakistanis said they trust them a lot, 36% trust them somewhat, 12% trust them very little while 3% don’t trust them at all and 1% did not respond. 47% respondents trusted religious scholars a lot, 33% trusted them somewhat, 14% trusted them very little while 5% did not trust them at all and 1% did not respond. Police had the highest percentage of respondents saying they did not trust them at all at 38%. Only 8% respondents trusted the police a lot, 23% trusted them somewhat, 30% trusted them very little and 1% did not respond. Political leaders and chaudhrys also got low trust ratings from the public.
A comparison with data collected in 2010 shows that, over the past four years the pattern of these trust ratings has not changed much. The same occupations attracted more trust in 2010 (teachers, doctors, religious scholars), while chaudhrys, political leaders and police had low trust ratings at that time as well at 22%, 22% and 18% respectively. Interestingly however, overall trust ratings have improved a little with all occupations getting higher percentage of respondents who trusted them than in 2010.