Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 36% Pakistanis believe there will be problems if a woman earns more money than her husband; 32% disagree.
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Do you agree, disagree or neither agree nor disagree with the following statement: If a woman earns more money than her husband, it’s almost certain to cause problems.”
Responding to this, 36% said they agreed with the statement, 27% said they neither agreed nor disagreed and 32% said they disagreed. 5% did not respond.
A similar question was asked in Netherlands where only 5% said it would be a problem if a woman earned more money than her husband while 10% neither agreed nor disagreed with the statement.
76% disagreed whereas 9% did not respond. In China, 22% agreed with the statement, 24% neither agreed nor disagreed and 45% disagreed with the idea. 9% did not respond.
When asked in the United States, 12% of the respondents agreed that there would be a problem if a woman earns more money, 31% neither agreed nor disagreed and 56% disagreed with the idea. 1% did not respond.
This study was done as part of the World Values Survey Sixth Wave, conducted apart from Pakistan in 60 other countries. The study was released recently in Doha where Gallup Pakistan’s Executive Director represented Pakistan.
The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1200 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during 30th January – 20th February, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.