By Fareeha Qayoom
ust started a few polls for fun (on Tkfr.com) but even I was surprised with the results – for example, I started the poll on ethics (Do we need ethics in real life?) after Shahid Afridi got caught on camera tampering with the cricket ball and my conversations with Saima and Faheem – Morality is the defense of the weak. I have always been interested in this question – I remember I did a survey story for Tkr print edition back in 2001 –Do we really need ethics in our business? Even for that story, the opinion poll swung towards honesty, fair play and ethics in our business dealings. In the last nine years, ethics may have taken a backseat when it comes to pursuit of almighty dollar but I was pleasantly surprised to know the visitors who clicked on this poll so far all clicked on Yes (100%) without any qualifications or hedging. I added this poll on February 1st 2010 and have no plans of closing it yet. So you can vote too! Although this is not the most popular poll on Tkfr.com.
The most popular poll is surprisingly “What is the biggest issue facing Pakistani citizens right now?” on Tkfr.com- most visitors like taking this poll. However, strangely enough, its not the Afghan conflict that has Pakistani citizens stumped, its corruption and bad governance! Even Afghan fall out, energy crisis (media’s favorite issues) or politicians favorite (constitutional reforms, NRO and Judicial crisis) or matters of foreign policy don’t top the list. Pakistani citizens apparently want good governance and lack of corruption. This poll has not closed yet. You can also vote and then click for instant results. However, only one vote per cookie is the criteria. You can’t vote twice. This is to ensure the poll remains true reflection of visitors opinion.
The second most popular poll on Tkfr.com is the “Is Peace possible between India and Pakistan?” This poll has not closed yet – 43 percent voted ‘yes’ so far, 29 percent voted ‘no’ – 23 percent voted ‘may be’ and only 7 percent voted ‘don’t know.’ Another one is “Are you still happy living in Pakistan or would you like to migrate if you could?” 50 percent voted so far to the question still happy living in Pakistan if your scale of personal happiness is around 70 percent. 37.5 percent expressed the hope that things will get better, only 12.5 percent want to leave for greener pastures as their scale of happiness is only around 30 percent. Not a single vote for the choice if your scale of happiness is around 50 percent. This poll has not closed either. You can still vote and add your voice.
Do vote and then click for instant results. I am planning to keep these polls open for next few months to gather more numbers to make it a little more conclusive. Stay tuned for updates.■
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