Half of Pakistanis Sad Over Osama’s Death – 44% Say He’s a Martyr
Although Public opinion is divided on the Abbottabad Incident however more than two third of Pakistanis (68%) believe the sovereignty of their country was severely compromised in the American operation and about half of population are sad and 44% consider Osama bin Laden a Martyr.
Findings of a study released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan during May 7-10, less than a week after the death of Osama Bin Laden, shows the mixed emotions of Pakistani people about the life and death of Osama bin Laden.
When asked, in a in a poll, whether they assessed his death as one of a martyr (Shaheed) or an outlaw, 44% Pakistani looked upon him as a martyr (Shaheed) and 28% as an outlaw, 27% said they did not know.
The poll was conducted among 2530 men and women above 18 year of age representative of the adult population of Pakistan. They were distributed in the Rural and Urban areas of various Provinces and Districts and comprised a cross-section of various education, income, age and linguistic backgrounds.
The field work was carried out face to face during May 7-10, 2011.
When asked either OBL Death in Abbottabad was a real or staged the majority (49%) consider the Osama incident an activity which was staged by the Americans. Only 26% believe that the story being told is true and an equal number (25%) is unsure.