Survey 29% say they will not vote because of ‘threat of riots’ on Election Day, Poll

May 7, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 29% of those adult Pakistanis who claim they would not vote in General Elections said they will not vote because of ‘threat of riots’ on Election Day.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “If there is no chance of you going to vote, what are your reasons” Responding to this, 29% said ‘threat of riots’, 24% said ‘nothing will be achieved through elections’, 22% said ‘I don’t want to vote’, 19% said ‘there is no candidate from my constituency worth voting for’, 14% said ‘no political party deserves to run the country’, 7% said ‘have never voted’ and 3% said ‘support the boycott movement’. However, 5% did not give a response.

This question was only asked from respondents who said there is no chance of them going to vote on Election Day.

The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 305 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during April 15, 2013 – April 21, 2013. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 23 per cent at 95% confidence level.