Muslims first, Pakistani distant second say majority: Gallup poll

Significant majority of Pakistanis (59 per cent) choose to identify themselves as Muslims first.


Express May 04, 2011

A majority of Pakistanis identify themselves as Muslims first, Pakistani second, a recent Gilani Poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan revealed.

In a survey, a nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were asked the following question:
Different people choose to identify themselves differently. What do you consider yourself to be, first and foremost?

The results of the poll showed that a significant majority of Pakistanis (59 per cent) choose to identify themselves as Muslims first.

A little less than a quarter of the population (22 per cent) considers being Pakistani as its primary identity, while 10 per cent put their provincial identity first and seven per cent chose to identify themselves as human beings first.

Results also revealed that a greater percentage of respondents belonging to lower income categories and young age groups identified themselves primarily as Muslims as compared to those belonging to higher income categories and older age groups.

The survey was carried out among a sample of 2,774 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during April 2011.

Error margin was estimated to be approximately 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.

COMMENTS (44)

Radial | 10 years ago | Reply It would be interesting to provide additional options to the survey respondents and see the relative importance of each. I mean additional options along the lines of sects (sunni) and sub-sects (sunni-deobandi), and then provincial or ethnic lines (punjabi, seraiki, mohajir), and socio-economic class (wealthy, middle class). I have a feeling that if provided an opportunity, they would select a sect or sub-sect rather than "muslim" and perhaps even select their provincial or ethnic identity before they select "Pakistani"
Sheraz Dar | 10 years ago | Reply Why did they distinguish between Pakistan and Islam? As per the ulema (whom you like calling the mullahs) Pakistan is like a mosque and hence defending it and working to strengthen it is the responsibility of all Muslims. So like someone said above Pakistan is the manifestation of Islamic ideology and these two are indistinguishable.
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