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More than half Pakistanis (56%) believe that university education is more important for boys than girls.

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According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 56% of the respondents believe that university education is more important for boys than for girls; 43% disagree with this.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked the extent to which they agree with the following statement, “University education is more important for boys than girls.” In response, 30% strongly agreed with the statement, 26% agreed with it, 26% disagreed with it and 17% strongly disagreed with the statement. 1% did not respond.

This question was also asked previously in August 2012. The general trend in public opinion has remained relatively consistent during the course of these three years. Those who strongly believe that university education is more important for boys than for girls increased from 29% in August 2012 to 30% in August 2015. Those who ‘agree’ with the statement however decreased slightly from 28% to 26% during these three years. Likewise, those who disagree with the statement decreased from 27% to 26% and those who strongly disagree with the statement increased from 15% to 17%. 1% did not respond in August 2012.

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