Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 98% Pakistanis consider religion an important factor in their life.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Please tell us, how important is religion in your life?” Responding to this, 90% said very important, 8% said somewhat important and 1% said not important. A further 1% said religion was not important at all.
A similar survey was conducted in other countries. In China, 3% of the respondents considered religion to be very important whereas 8% said it was somewhat important.
30% thought religion was not important and 50% said it was not important at all. 9% did not respond. In Turkey, 68% said religion is very important compared to 25% who said it is somewhat important and 4% who opined that it is not very important. 3% said not important at all.
When the same question was asked in the United States, 40% believed that religion was very important, 28% said it was somewhat important while 18% said it was not very important. 13% considered it to be not important at all and 1% 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.