ISLAMABAD – According to a Gallup Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 1980 (34 years ago), 79% Pakistanis said that people listened to their local Imam-e-Masjid on issues pertaining to religion; 10% said that they do not.
According to the Gallup Pakistan, this press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.
Thirty-four years ago, a nationally representative sample of men and women, from across the four provinces was asked “Do people listen to Imam-e-Masjid in your locality expressing his opinion pertaining to a religious matter?” Responding to this question, 79% respondents said people in their locality listen to the opinion of the Imam-e-Masjid on issues pertaining to religion, 10% respondents said they do not listen to the Imam-e-Masjid and 11% did not respond.
This question was asked again in 2014 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2014 71% respondents said that people in their locality listen to the Imam-e-Masjid on issues pertaining to religion. On the other hand, 21% respondents said people do not listen to the Imam-e-Masjid and 8% did not respond.