Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 63% Pakistanis think the most serious global problem is people living in poverty and need; 21% think it is discrimination against girls and women.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Please indicate which of the following problems you consider the most serious one for the world as a whole?” Responding to this, 63% said people living in poverty and need, 21% said discrimination against girls and women.
8% said poor sanitation and infectious diseases and 8% mentioned inadequate education.
When the same question was asked in the United States, 53% said people living in poverty and need was the most serious problem for the world followed by inadequate education (19%), poor sanitation and infectious diseases (13%), environmental pollution (10%) and discrimination against girls and women (4%). 1% did not respond.
In a similar survey in China, 43% said poverty and need were the most serious concern, followed by 22% who mentioned environmental pollution and 12% who though inadequate education was the most serious concern.
9% believed poor sanitation and infectious diseases to be the most important problem whereas 5% thought discrimination against girls and women took precedence. 9% 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.