Pakistanis Still Trust Military

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, July 29 (UPI) — The military remains one of the most trusted Pakistani institutions although its reputation dipped after the death of Osama bin Laden, a poll indicated Friday.

A Gallup poll taken May 9-12 found 78 percent of Pakistanis have confidence in the military. That was down from 86 percent in an earlier poll, mostly conducted before a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs assassinated bin Laden May 2.

The military is trusted in most countries, including the United States, Gallup said. Pakistan had a military government for almost a decade, ending in 2008.

“In Pakistan’s case, this high confidence likely reflects the military’s strong, ongoing presence in civil society and reinforces how relatively weak the civilian government and institutions still are,” Gallup said in its analysis of the poll results.

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center also questioned Pakistanis about their trust in the national government in the May poll. Less than one-third of respondents, 31 percent, said they had confidence in the government, an insignificant uptick from 28 percent in the earlier poll.

Gallup conducted face-to-face interviews with about 1,000 adults between April 25 and May 14. A second poll of 1,000 adults was done May 9-12. The margin of error for both was 4 percentage points.

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