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45% believe women can drive properly survey

ISLAMABAD: According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, majority of the Pakistanis believe women to be good drivers, as 45% of the respondents claimed that women drive properly. It is interesting to note that in almost 10% of all car-owning households, the women of the house drive the car.

Respondents in car owning households were asked, “Who usually drives the car in your household?” The majority, 90%, said that male members of the family (85%) or drivers/servants (5%) drive the car. In 9% households, women drive either exclusively (1%) or alongside their male counterparts (8%).

Given the sharp difference is the numbers of male and female drivers, respondents from all households were asked how they perceived women as drivers. In response to the question “In your view, do women drive the car properly or improperly?” the majority (45%) said women are proper drivers. Only a fourth of the respondents (25%) said they do not drive properly and 28% were unsure. Two percent (2%) gave no response.

Interestingly, the data reveals no significant variation across genders on views on female drivers. Almost the same percentage of men as women thinks women drivers are fine. The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2690 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country during April, 2009. Error margin is estimated to be approximately + 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level. NNI

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