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Tradition of Dowry in Pakistan: In 6 years, 3% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who would not like to give and take dowry on their children’s wedding.

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According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2010 (6 years ago) respondents were asked, “If you get the chance of marrying your children, would you like to give and take dowry or not?” To this, 31% said yes they would like to give and take dowry, 53% said to some extent, while 15% said not at all. 1% did not know or did not wish to respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2016 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2016, 34% said yes they would like to give and take dowry, 48% said to some extent, while 18% said not at all.

According to public opinion, there has been a 3% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who would like to give and take dowry on their children’s wedding, a 5% decrease in the proportion of Pakistanis who would like to give and take dowry to some extent and a 3% increase in the proportion of Pakistanis who would not like to give and take dowry.

 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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