59% Pakistanis believe colleges should be govt-owned: survey


ISLAMABAD: According to the Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 59% Pakistanis believe that the schools and colleges should be public (government owned), while 47% said the same about the distribution of electricity.A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, from across all provinces were asked whether the institutions should be private or public. In response, 59% of the respondents said the schools should be public, 35% said that they can be either private or public, whereas 6% said that they should not be public. When asked the same about TV/Radio, 40% said that it should be public, 41% said that they can be either private or public, whereas 18% said that they should not be public. 1% did not respond. For the newspapers, 22% of the respondents said that the newspapers should be public, 48% said that they can be either private or public, whereas 29% said that they should not be public. 1% did not respond.Furthermore, 28% of the respondents believed that industries should be run publicly, 25% said the same for trade, and 41% had the same opinion for transport. 45% of the respondents were of the opinion that telephones should be publicly run and the same was said for banks (43%), distribution of seeds and fertiliser (38%), and electricity distribution (47%). The study was released by the Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 2,548 men in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. Error margin is estimated to be approximately 2-3 percent at 95% confidence level. 

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