In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009, i.e., 9 years ago, respondents were asked, “Please tell us whether you agree or disagree: Women need children for a contented life?” In response to this question, 83% agreed and 17% disagreed.
Comparative Picture:The question was asked again in 2018 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2018, 63% agreed, 24% disagreed and 13% did not respond.
Overall there has been a 20 percentage-point decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who think women need children for a contented life, however majority (63%) continue to believe that women need children for contented life.
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.