Nine in every 10 Pakistanis are anxious: Survey

Published: August 24, 2013
Nine in every ten Pakistanis are anxious based on “AnxietyIndex study – Global Report 2013.”

Nine in every ten Pakistanis are anxious based on “AnxietyIndex study – Global Report 2013.”


Whether it’s the law and order situation or the incessant rise in fuel prices, tensions are high and nerves are shot in Pakistan.

Nine in every ten Pakistanis are anxious and “very nervous” about some issue or another, which is the largest proportion across the globe, according to a recent survey published by JWT titled “AnxietyIndex study – Global Report 2013”. The 27-country market study assesses and records the levels and drivers of consumer anxiety around the world.

The study examines through different variables, including safety and security concerns – the threat of terrorism, potential and current military hostilities, crime – and economic worries such as the cost of health care, the cost of living and job security.

All these concerns are prevalent in Pakistan today due to the deteriorating security situation and our economic indicators taking a nosedive. A staggering 92 per cent of the 225 adults (aged 18-plus) polled in the survey are “anxious” about “everything that is going on in the world, the country and their family’s life”. Nearly 60 per cent of these participants claimed to be “very anxious or nervous” – again the highest proportion of people in the markets surveyed across five continents.

Economic anxiety seemed the pervasive theme in the survey in every region. Surprisingly, Pakistanis, too, were the most anxious about gasoline and petrol prices – not terrorism and the increasing crime rate, which came to a close second.

Apart from this, the anxiety rate of Pakistanis peak at unemployment rates, the state of education, food prices, and the quality of healthcare in the country.

Clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Institute of Clinical Psychology.

Dr Kausar Ansari, partly agrees. “Pakistanis are an anxious nation, but there is no particular clinical research-based finding that would state that Pakistan is the most anxious country,” she told The Express Tribune. “Keeping in mind the environmental and security conditions that we are exposed to, people are naturally anxious.”

Worldwide, Indonesians were among the most concerned about corruption.

Courtesy: JWT AnxietyIndex Global Report 2013

A sad country

When asked by the survey, “Thinking about everything in your life, how would you describe your overall happiness?” only 14 per cent of those surveyed responded “very happy”. But Pakistan was not the least happiest country in this part of the study – it was Japan.

How does this explain Pakistan’s most anxious label? The study explains that there is no correlation between happiness and overall anxiety.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Dj
    Aug 24, 2013 - 10:21AM

    No surprise, seeing how the current govt is performing everyone seems unhappy.


  • Atif
    Aug 24, 2013 - 11:45AM

    It’s no surprise . everyday Pakistanis are dealing with various problems especially the main ones being :

    Poor Law and Order situation
    Badmashi of influential people
    Corruption at all levels of society
    Amongst the worst energy crisis in the world (fact: load shedding reduces quality of sleep which results in stress)
    Fast growing population and slow growth
    Poor salaries
    Hopelessness in general

    After the problems listed above, what do we expect :/


  • Pak
    Aug 24, 2013 - 11:51AM

    That’s really sad but things never remain same. We should hope for the best and also pray to Allah.


  • rz
    Aug 24, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Headline: Nine in every 10 Pakistanis are anxious: Survey

    Detail: A staggering 92 per cent of the 225 adults (aged 18-plus) polled in the survey are “anxious”

    Analysis: Total “244.5” out 170,000,000 were surveyed the Sample size 0.000143%. Pathetic.


  • expaki
    Aug 24, 2013 - 2:01PM

    @Pak: “We should hope for the best and also pray to Allah” Yes Instead any book or TV, MORE ONE MOUTH and TWO HANDS.


  • sajid hashmi
    Aug 24, 2013 - 2:15PM

    there is nothing to surprised….in coming few days uwill hear each pakistani saying…’zzinda ho.n yar kafi hay’ means ‘its enough that i am still surviving’


  • kumar
    Aug 24, 2013 - 3:48PM

    pakistans want to make indians not happy but end up being not happy……….


  • hello
    Aug 24, 2013 - 6:50PM

    Pakistan is mostly rural areas are happy but all evil in cities so this survey is of cities only, in villages there are less needs of peoples they r happy with simple meals no ellectricity needed open and cool with green atmosphere but cities r congested there is more polluted atmosphere more hot areas


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