Opinion Poll: (71% Pakistanis believes that it is very important to administer polio drops to children)

ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 71% Pakistanis believed that it is very important to administer polio drops to children while 24% said that it is important to some extent.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “How important do you think is it to get polio drops administered to children? Do you think it is very important, important to some extent or not important at all?” In response to this question, 71% said that it is very important, 24% said that it is important to some extent, 4% said that it is not important at all while 1% did not respond.

According to the gender breakdown, both men and women seem to consider polio drops administration very important with 72% of the men and 69% of the women saying that it is very important.

Similarly 22% of the men and 26% of the women believe that it is important to some extent while on the other hand 4% of the males and 5% of the females said that it is not important at all. 2% of the males did not respond.

Similar results are seen in the urban-rural breakdown with 74% of the rural dwellers and 68% of the urban dwellers saying that it is very important to administer polio drops.

Likewise 20% of the rural dwellers and 26% of the urban dwellers said that polio drops are important to an extent whereas 4% of the people in rural areas and 6% of the people in urban areas said that it is not important at all. 2% of the rural respondents and 1% of the urban respondents did not respond.

This question has also been asked previously over a time span of 13 years. The general trend is such that the number of respondents who believe that administering polio drops is very important has been decreasing from 87% in 2002 to 74% in 2014 and 71% in 2015.

Respondents who said that administering polio drops is important to some extent however have been increasing from 7% in 2002 to 21% in 2014 and 24% in 2015.

The number of respondents who said that it is not important at all has remained more or less the same over these years at 4% in 2002, 5% in 2014 and 4% again in 2015.

Question: “How important do you think it is to get polio drops administered to children? Do you think it is very important, important to some extent or not important at all?

The study was released by Gilani Research Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.

The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1899 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during June 22 – June 29, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.