59% Pakistanis believe schools and colleges should be public (government owned),Poll


Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 59% Pakistanis believe schools and colleges should be public (government owned); 47% say the same about electricity distribution.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Some institutions are run according to the public system while others are run privately.

I will read out names of a few institutions so please tell me that in your opinion should they be run according to the public system, or privately or either.” In response, 59% of the respondents said schools should be public, 35% said they can be either private or public whereas 6% said they should not be public.

When asked the same about TV/Radio, 40% said it should be public, 41% said they can be either private or public whereas 18% said they should not be public. 1% did not respond. For newspapers, 22% of the respondents said newspapers should be public, 48% said they can be either private or public whereas 29% said they should not be public.

1% did not respond. Furthermore, 28% of the respondents believed industries should be run publically, 25% said the same for trade and 41% held the same opinion for transport. 45% of the respondents were of the opinion that telephones should be publically run and the same was said for banks (43%), distribution of seeds and fertilizer (38%) and electricity distribution (47%).

The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2548 men in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during Apr 21, 2014 – Apr 28, 2014. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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