Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 19% Pakistanis are of the opinion that old people are a burden on society; 77% 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: Older people are a burden on society.” Responding to this, 5% said they strongly agreed, 14% agreed and 31% replied they disagreed.
46% said they strongly disagreed with the statement and 4% did not respond. A similar survey was conducted in China where 1% said they strongly agreed with the statement, 8% agreed and 56% disagreed.
16% strongly disagreed and 19% did not respond. When the same question was asked in South Africa, 17% of the respondents said they strongly agreed with the statement, 28% agreed, 28% disagreed and 23% strongly disagreed. 4% did not respond.
In the United States, 2% of the respondents indicated that they strongly agreed with the statement, 8% agreed and 50% disagreed. 38% of the respondents strongly disagreed and 2% 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.