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Over the past 34 years, significant drop in the proportion of Pakistanis who believe loyalty, respect & understanding are very important for a successful marriage.

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According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1982 (34 years ago) respondents were asked, “Now I will read out a list. This list contains some things which people say are important for a successful marriage. For the following please tell whether each is very important, somewhat important or not important at all?” In response to this question, 94% said loyalty is very important for a successful marriage, 65% said good income, 52% said same family, 75% said respecting each other, 49% said good house, 36% said consensus on politics, 76% said understanding each other, 35% said staying away from in-laws, 70% said doing household chores collectively and 64% said having mutual interest.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 77% said loyalty is very important for a successful marriage, 62% said good income, 42% said same family, 69% said respecting each other, 52% said good house, 26% said consensus on politics, 64% said understanding each other, 40% said staying away from in-laws, 63% said doing household chores collectively and 61% said having mutual interest.                                                                                                                                 

According to public opinion, there has been a 17% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think loyalty is very important for a successful marriage, a 3% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who think good income is very important for a successful marriage, a 10% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think same family is very important for a successful marriage, a 6% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think respecting each other is very important for a successful marriage, a 3% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who think good house is very important for a successful marriage, a 10% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think consensus on politics is very important for a successful marriage, a 12% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think  understanding each other is very important for a successful marriage, a 5 increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who staying away from in-laws is very important for a successful marriage, a 7% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who doing household chores collectively is very important for a successful marriage and a 3% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who think having mutual interests is very important for a successful marriage.

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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