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31 years ago, 35% Pakistanis owned sewing machines and 33% owned radios – 4 Sep 2014


According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1983 (31 years ago), 35%
Pakistanis owned sewing machines and 33% owned radios. 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.

Thirty-one years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four
provinces was asked “From the following, which products are available in your home?” Regarding radio, 33%
responded with yes and 67% responded with no. The affirmative responses for tape recorder, air conditioner,
car, water cooler, motor cycle, TV (black and white), TV (color) and sewing machine were 12%, 1%, 1%, 17%,
5%, 10%, 2% and 35% respectively. 88% Pakistanis did not own tape recorders, 99% did not own air
conditioners, 99% did not own cars, 83% did not own water coolers, 95% did not own motor cycles, 90% did
not own TVs (black and white), 98% did not own colored TVs and 65% did not own sewing machines.