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Over the period of six years, 10% more Pakistanis wish to find an entrepreneur spouse for the females of their family, 4% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who would want him to be a doctor/ government employee.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2012 (6 years ago) respondents were asked, “If you are looking for a proposal for a female in your family, which profession would you prefer her husband to be in?” I would read to you a list of professions, please choose from within them?” In response to this, 11% said personal business, 4% said officer in some private company, 20% said government employee, 10% said army officer, 8% each said university professor and school teacher respectively, 9% said religious scholar, 7% said engineer, 3% said chartered accountant, 4% said computer expert, 3% said police officer, 9% said doctor 1% said a journalist while 1% did not know or respond to the question.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2018 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2018, in response to this, 21% said personal business, 4% said officer in some private company, 16% said government employee, 11% said army officer, 6% said university professor and 5% school teacher, 8% said religious scholar, 7% said engineer, 4% said chartered accountant, 4% said computer expert, 4% said police officer, 5% said doctor 1% said a journalist while 1% did not know or respond to the question

The findings are available since 2012 periodically and the graph below shows how the figures have fluctuated over the years.

According to public opinion, there has been over the period of six years, 10% more Pakistanis wish to find an entrepreneur spouse for the females of their family and 4% decline in the proportion of Pakistanis who would want him to be a doctor.

 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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