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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mixed opinions among the Pakistani public about Muslims wishing Christians on Christmas.

Islamabad, January 29, 2015

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 37% Pakistanis said that Muslims should wish Christians on Christmas; 32% said that Muslims should not wish Christians.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Some people think that Muslims should wish Christians on Christmas, while others believe this is not good, and some others think this makes no difference. What is your opinion?” In response to this question, 37% respondents said that Muslims should wish Christians on Christmas, 32% respondents said that Muslims should not wish Christians on Christmas, while 28% believe that it makes no difference and 3% did not respond.

This question was also asked in previous years and the responses have been similarly divided. Between 2011 and 2013, the changes in the percentage of respondents who believe that Muslims should not wish Christians were caused by shifts in the number of respondents who chose not to respond to the question in those years. Since 2013, the percentage of respondents who feel that Muslims should not wish Christians has remained stable at 32%, while those who believe that Muslims should wish Christians has increased from 30% to 37%.

Question: “Some people think that Muslims should wish Christians on Christmas, while others believe this is not good, and some others think this makes no difference. What is your opinion?”

Source: Gilani Research Foundation Poll (GRF Poll)
Field work conducted by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association


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 2442 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during December 29, 2014 – January 05, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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