52% Pakistanis believe economic growth and job creation should be prioritized even if the environment suffers to some extent, Poll


Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 52% Pakistanis believe economic growth and job creation should be prioritized even if the environment suffers to some extent.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Here are two statements people sometimes make when discussing the environment and economic growth.

Which of them comes closer to your own point of view?” Responding to this, 46% said protecting the environment should be given priority, even if it causes slower economic growth and some loss of jobs compared to 52% who said economic growth and creating jobs should be the top priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent. 1% mentioned others and 1% did not respond.

A similar survey was conducted in the United States where 37% said environment should be given priority compared to 60% who said economic growth and job creation should be given preference. 3% did not respond. In China, when the same question was asked, 57% replied protect the environment whereas 28% said economic growth should be prioritized.

2% said other and 13% did not respond. In Malaysia, 74% of the respondents picked protecting the environment and 22% said economic growth and job creation should be preferred. 4% mentioned other options.

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.

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