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(2009-2017) 9% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe it is merit and not gender that should be given weightage while selecting a candidate for a job position under economic turmoil.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009 (8 years ago) respondents were asked, “Suppose that your country is under economic crisis; there are limited job opportunities and unemployment is widespread. Under such circumstances a man and a woman are competing for the same job vacancy. Who do you think should be preferred for this job?” In response to this question, 51% said that men should be given preference, 14% said women, while 32% said the selection should be based on merit and gender does not matter. 3% did not know.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 41% said that men should be given preference, 15% said women, while 41% said the selection should be based on merit and gender does not matter. 3% did not know.

According to public opinion, there has been a 10% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who say that men should be given preference while selecting a candidate for a job vacancy under economic crisis, a 1% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who say that women should be given preference while selecting a candidate for a job vacancy under economic crisis and a 9% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who say that selection should be based on merit and gender does not matter.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

 

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