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Since 2000, 22% rise in the proportion of Pakistanis who opine that a couple should have 4 children (Gallup & Gilani Pakistan Poll)

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Islamabad, March 12, 2020

In a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2000, respondents were asked “How many children do you think a couple should have?” In response, 31% said 3, 27% said 1, 16% said 2, 8% said 4, 5% said more than 4 and  3% said none.

Comparative Picture: This question was asked again in 2020 to enable a comparison to be made across the years. In 2020, 30% said 4, 28% said 2, 27% said 3, 10% said 5, 2% said 6, 2% said more than 6 and only 1% said 1.

Trend Analysis: In 2000, highest percentage of respondents opined for 1 child at 27%, which fell to only 1% in 2020. While the percentage of respondents opining for 2 children rose by 12% in 2020

Implication of this finding: The average number of children rose from 2 in 2000 to 3 in 2014 and 2020.   Despite mass family planning campaigns calling citizens to have lesser or 2 children, most Pakistanis in recent years have grown to prefer bigger families.

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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