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Over the period of 11 years, 8% rise in proportion of Pakistanis who want their children to choose the same profession which they themselves are pursuing, 18% decline in those who want them to choose a different profession.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2007 (11 years ago) respondents were asked, “What profession would you choose for your own children (suppose if you don’t have any)?” in response to this, 45% said the same profession to which they belong to, 55% said some other profession.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2018 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2018, 53% said they would want them to choose the same profession which they belong to, 37% said some other profession while 10% did not know or respond to the question.

The findings are available since 2007 periodically and the graph below shows how the figures have fluctuated over the years.

According to public opinion, there has been 8% rise in the proportion of Pakistanis who want their children to choose the same profession which they belong to while 18% decline in those who want them to choose a different profession since 2007.

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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