Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 37% Pakistanis consider politics an important part of their life; 62% consider it unimportant.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Please tell us, how important is politics in your life?” Responding to this, 9% said very important, 28% said somewhat important and 32% said not important. 30% said it was not important at all and 1% did not respond.
A similar survey was conducted in United States, where 11% of the respondents considered politics to be very important whereas 42% said it was somewhat important. 35% said it was not important, 11% said not at all important and 1% did not respond.
Similarly, in Thailand, 32% said politics is very important compared to 41% who said it is somewhat important and 20% who opined that it is not important.
5% said it is not important at all and 2% did not respond. When the same question was asked in China, 10% considered politics to be very important, 28% said it was somewhat important while 47% said it was not important. 7% replied politics was not important at all. 8% 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 survey was carried out among a sample of 1200 men 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.