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Monday, March 9, 2015

Sharp gender and urban/rural differences exist between views on allowing men to marry more than once.

Islamabad, March 9, 2015

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 40% Pakistanis believe that men should not be allowed to marry more than once; 60% disagree.

A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across the four provinces was asked, “Some people say that men should not be allowed to marry more than once, while others think that men are allowed to marry more than once according to the Islamic Law. What is your opinion about this?” In response to this question, 40% respondents said that men should not be allowed to marry more than once, while 60% respondents said that men should be allowed to marry more than once.

According to the rural-urban demographic breakdown, 34% respondents from rural areas said that men should not be allowed to marry more than once, and 66% said that men should be allowed to do this. However, more than half urban respondents (52%) believe that men should not be allowed to marry more than once while, 47% urban respondents disagreed with this opinion. According to the gender breakdown, majority of men (66%) believe that they should be allowed to marry more than once, while 34% men disagree with this. On the other hand, 48% women think that men should not be allowed to marry more than once, and 51% think that they they should be allowed.    

Question: “Some people say that men should not be allowed to marry more than once, while others think that men are allowed to marry more than once according to the Islamic Law. What is your opinion about this?”

                


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 1413 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during February 2 - February 9, 2015. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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