Only 1 in 3 Pakistanis Supported the Panama Papers Judgement: Survey

The Panama verdict made quite an impact and the majority of the Pakistanis did not like the verdict. This observation comes according to a recent Gallup report, which states that only 1 in 3 people liked the decision of Supreme Court.

The poll was carried out during the first 24 hours after Supreme Court announced their verdict. Around 1400 participants were scientifically selected; men and women, from urban and rural areas nationwide.

Gallup utilized the latest Table Technology to collect the responses from the respondents. The results were made available 48 after the verdict was made public.

The PML-N representatives have expressed relief and on the other hand, the opposition expressed their disappointment as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was not de-seated, as they had anticipated.

According to the poll:

  • 36% of the respondents liked the verdict
  • 43% of them did not like the verdict
  • 21% of them refused to express their feelings

Political Parties and Their Views

Each political party in Pakistan has its own narrative and agenda, which is why their voters had very different expectations from the Panama verdict.

Let’s take a look at how each political party and their supporters reacted to the judgement in the first 24 hours:

PML-N:

  • 68% liked the verdict
  • 16% did not like the verdict
  • 16% did not voice their opinion

PTI:

  • 67% disliked the verdict
  • 12% were in favor
  • 21% did not vote

PPP:

  • 58% did not like the verdict
  • 21% liked the verdict
  • 21% refused to express their feelings

Have You Accepted The Decision?

PML-N Voters:

  • 71% said yes
  • 20% said to some extent
  • 9% said no

PTI Voters:

  • 45% said no
  • 36% said to some extent
  • 19% said yes

PPP Voters

  • 44% said no
  • 39% said to some extent
  • 17% said yes

Jamat-i-Islami Voters:

  • 46% said to some extent
  • 37% said no
  • 17% said yes

General Public Opinion

  • 40% said to some extent
  • 32% said no
  • 28% said yes

What Would You Have Done?

The respondents were asked what decision would they have given if they were a Supreme Court judge, would they have given a stricter verdict or a lenient one.

  • 40% said that they would have given a more strict verdict
  • 23% revealed that they would have given the same verdict
  • 21% said that they would have given a lenient verdict
  • 16% were unsure

Was It a Good Decision In General?

Respondents were asked to categorize whether the Panama verdict will be remembered as a good decision or a bad one.

  • 45% said that it was a bad decision
  • 37% were in favor of the verdict
  • 18% were undecided

Moreover, 55% of the respondents said that they believe the decision was in favor of Nawaz Sharif and only 14% thought it was against him. 31% revealed that they thought the decision was neutral.

How Will The Verdict Affect Things?

Will The Verdict Lead To Less Corruption?

  • 51% voted no
  • 29% voted yes
  • 20% said corruption will increase

Will It Have A Good Impact?

  • 32% said it will have a negative impact
  • 32% said it’s insignificant
  • 28% voted yes
  • 8% did not know

Will The Growth Rate Increase?

  • 35% said it will decrease
  • 35% voted that it won’t have any impact
  • 30% voted yes

Post-Verdict: Who Will You Vote For?

  • 38% said PML-N
  • 22% said PTI
  • 17% said PPP
  • 3% said independent nominee
  • 2% each said JUI, ANP, MQM (Farooq Sattar) and BNP
  • 1% each said PSP, JI, PML-F, PML (London) and PML-Q

Rest of the people either did not know whom they choose to vote for or did not wish to cast a vote.

Support For Supreme Court

Lastly, the respondents were asked whether Supreme Court should interfere in political matters or not:

  • 39% were in favor
  • 26% were against
  • 24% were neutral
  • 11% did not know

The Gallup report is based on Flash poll which is conducted within the 24 hours after any major incident, in this case the Panama Papers case and the court verdict.

To read the full report, click here.

Sports Analyst & Head of Sports Desk.


  • In short time will tell that this whole was a planned drama to gain power and international establishment was also part of it. Nothing will change, lives of Pakistanis will remain the same whatever judgement is given as corruption is deep rooted in our society and is at every level, rich or poor everyone is part of it, even those who give sermons on corruption are morally corrupt.

    Irony is that those who have their names in notorious Panama papers are advocating severe punishments for others having their names in these papers.

    Look around , if you have read signs of youn-a-qiyamah thugs are our sardars and leaders. Those having charges if are corrupt the other side is also having the same charges or are morally corrupt too.

    In short Allah never changes his rule, we are blessed with leaders and rulers who are exactly as we are, this is for both government as well as opposition.

    Change of faces might be in 3 months, change of regime in an years but after 3 years from now we will be crying over similar issues we face today.

    • HaHa..Well replied…
      Jerks like him think that those who don’t want to be a party to political shows are also part of their corruption

        • Its not just about paying taxes. Paying taxes and forgetting where it goes is the stupidest think to do. Do you think that by paying taxes you can eliminate corruption? No ! Those who misuse our hard earned money must be held accountable. Eliminate corruption and we can say that we are at-least moving in the right direction.

          • you are saying like all money is going into someone’s pocket, please, try to understand. Yes some amount is being misused, but remember if you stop paying tax just because you think it’s being misused you country will crumble down.
            Your police, your army, your institutes and your national banks… all operate from tax money.

    • Hazoor aap kahan thy… i thot aap ka b naam panama m aa gya hai jo aap manzar s ghayab ho gaye ho

  • Nothing gonna happen i bet. yahan NADRA ke office ka guard ni qabu mein ata wo tu phr bhi PM of Pakistan and Ruling party of Pakistan hain. So mere Bhai chill maaro.

  • Authors, prove time and time again that they support pti leage here in propti blog. Disgusting people here!

  • ایان علی، ڈاکٹر عاصم، شرجیل میمن یہ سب ضمانت پہ رہا۔ اب ملکی تاریخ میں شاید پہلی مرتبہ کوئ کرپشن کی وجہ سے جیل میں تھا۔ اب سپریم کورٹ سارا کچھ اپنے اپ تو کرنے سے رہی۔
    او بھائ ایسے لوگوں کو رہا ہوتا اور مزید لوگوں کو کرپشن کرتا دیکھ کے سوال یہ اٹھتا ہے کہ ہم خاموش تماشائ کیوں بنے بیٹھے ہیں۔
    میں نے لوگوں کو یہ کہتے سنا ہے یہاں کچھ نہیں ہوسکتا۔ او بھائ تم نے ،کبھی کچھ بدلنے کی کوشش کی؟

    وَأَن لَّيْسَ لِلْإِنسَانِ إِلَّا مَا سَعَىٰ

  • is koom ki oqat nechye comments parh kar pata chal jati hia so enjoy apni roti poori ho rahi hia kafi mulk gia bhaar main :) yahi soch hai har bandye ki is koom ki training hi nai hum marnye marnye kay liye paida hoye hia tarqi hamarye bas ki nai so mitti pao or sunao kia hall hai :)

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