Whose word carries most weight on religious matters? There is a mixed pattern in Pakistan comprising of the word of the family head (30%), religious scholars (28%), Imam of the mosque (22%) and own judgment (16%). Family head carries more weight for Women (44%) than Men (18%). GILANI POLL/GALLUP PAKISTAN

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Islamabad, May 24, 2012

According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan about whose word carries most weight on religious matters, there is a mixed pattern in Pakistan comprising the word of the family head (30%), religious scholars (28%), Imam of the mosque (22%) and own judgment (16%). Family head carries more weight for Women (44%) than Men (18%).

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked “In the case of religious matters, whose opinion matters the most to you?” Responding to this, 30% claim that the opinion of their family head matters most to them, 28% claim to follow religious scholars, 22% follow opinion of the Imam of the mosque whereas 16% claim to follow their own judgement. However, 4% cited other sources of belief or did not give a view.

Further analysis shows that the pattern of following the opinion of the Family head is higher among women (44%) than in men (18%). Men tend to follow religious scholars (31%) or the Imam of the Mosque (28%) as compared to women among which only 24% follow religious scholars and 14% follow the Imam of the mosque.

Question: “In the case of religious matters, whose opinion matters the most to you?”

Source: Gallup and Gilani Surveys
the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International Association
The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2697 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during April 15 – April 21, 2012. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

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