In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2001, respondents were asked, “Suppose you work somewhere and you are given a chance to choose your boss; what would you want his/her gender to be?” In response to this question, 53% said they would want a male boss, 20% wanted a female boss, while 27% were indifferent to the gender of their boss.
Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2017, the preference for a male or a female boss was the same (34%) while 32% of respondents were indifferent to the gender of their boss.
Findings on this question are periodically available from the year 2001 till 2017.
There has been an increase of 14 percentage points in the proportion of Pakistanis who would like to have a female boss. Concurrently there has been a 19 percentage-point decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who would like to have a male boss. 5% more Pakistanis are indifferent to their boss’s gender in 2017 than in 2001.
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.