Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 31% Pakistanis are of the opinion that having a job is the best way for a woman to be independent; 37% disagree.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Please tell me how strongly you agree or disagree with this statement: Having a job is the best way for a woman to be an independent person.” Responding to this 31% said they agreed, 28% replied they neither agreed nor disagreed and 37% said they disagreed.
4% did not respond. A gender breakdown revealed that 43% men said they agreed compared to 57% women, 65% men said neither compared to 35% women and 49% of men disagreed with the statement compared to 51% women.
A similar survey was conducted in China where 43% said agreed with the statement, 27% said they neither agreed nor disagreed and 21% replied they disagreed. 9% did not respond.
When the same question was asked in Colombia, 77% of the respondents said they agreed with the statement, 7% said neither whereas 15% disagreed. 1% did not respond. In the United States, 49% of the respondents indicated that they agreed with the statement, 30% said they neither agreed nor disagreed and 20% mentioned they disagreed. 1% did not respond.
This study was done as part of the World Values Survey Sixth Wave, conducted apart from Pakistan in 60 other countries. The study was released recently in Doha where Gallup Pakistan’s Executive Director represented Pakistan.
The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1200 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during 30th January – 20th February, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.