ISLAMABAD: Half (50 per cent) of Pakistani people consider the match fixing accusations against some members of the national cricket team to be untrue while 32 per cent think those to be true and nevertheless 87 per cent are depressed over the controversy. In a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked: “Do you believe the match fixing allegations against the Pakistani cricketers to be true or is it a conspiracy?”
Fifty per cent of the respondents said that the accusations are incorrect and the whole scandal is just a conspiracy as opposed to 32 per cent who believed the charges to be true while 18 per cent gave no response. The findings of the survey revealed that relatively more urbanites (38 per cent) believed this spot fixing scandal to be true as compared to their rural counterparts (28 per cent).
In a follow up question, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked: “To what extent are you sad over the match fixing scandal?” Fifty-nine per cent of the respondents said they are upset to a great extent over this controversy, 28 per cent were sad to some extent and six per cent were grieved a little whereas seven per cent were not affected at all. The study was carried out among a sample of 2,482 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country this month. Error margin is estimated to be approximately +2-3 per cent at 95 per cent confidence level.-NNI