74% Pakistanis Call America an Enemy: Pew Research Center
By Rafi Imran Amjad | PKKH Correspondent
The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducted a survey revealing the attitudes and thoughts of Pakistanis toward the Americans. The research includes a 5-year data (mostly concentrated between 2009 to 12) and the change that has taken place in public opinion over these years.
In 2009, 64% people considered the US an enemy. The figure rose to 69% last year and finally it reached 74% in 2012. The graph shows increasing hatred toward the US among the Pakistani public.
The survey also suggests that decrease in public opinion regarding the improvement of US-Pak relationships over the years. Only 13% of Pakistanis now think that the relations have improved; the value was 16% in 2011. Strengthening the bilateral relationship is also becoming less of a priority for Pakistanis. Last year 60% Pakistanis thought it was important to improve relations with US, but now only 45% think so.
Similar is the case with public opinion regarding the American economic and military aid: only about one-in-ten think the impact is positive.
The survey also reveals that the Pakistani public rates Imran Khan as the most credible leader while President Asif Ali Zardari was the least favorite; Gilani is next to him in the ratings. Seven-in-ten Pakistanis offer a favorable opinion of the former cricket star and leader of the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI). In 2008, 64% viewed Zardari favorably, but this decreased to only 14% in 2011.
There was an interesting result when the people were asked about the biggest threat to their country; India, the Taliban, or al Qaeda. 59% people thought India, the traditional rival, is the largest threat. On the other hand, people also want to join hands and keep peace with India: 62% of Pakistanis say it is important to improve relations with them.
It should also be noted that people have a favorable view toward the neighbor China. China continues to receive high marks in Pakistan. Nine-in-ten Pakistanis consider China a partner; only 2% say it is more of an enemy.
This report by Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project will help clarify the current standing of the nation in economy, politics and the general opinion of the Pakistani public about their surroundings. Most readers may find the results to be similar to their own thoughts which in other words would validate the authenticity of the report and prove that it is based on true public opinion.