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The most popular poll is surprisingly "What is the biggest issue facing Pakistani citizens right now?" on Add your voice! by Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

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ust started a few polls for fun (on but even I was surprised with the results – for example, I started the poll on ethics (Do we need ethics in real life?) after Shahid Afridi got caught on camera tampering with the cricket ball and my conversations with Saima and Faheem – Morality is the defense of the weak. I have always been interested in this question – I remember I did a survey story for Tkr print edition back in 2001 –Do we really need ethics in our business? Even for that story, the opinion poll swung  towards honesty, fair play and ethics in our business dealings.  In the last nine years, ethics may have taken a backseat when it comes to pursuit of almighty dollar but I was pleasantly surprised to know the visitors who clicked on this poll so far all clicked on Yes (100%) without any qualifications or hedging. I added this poll on February 1st 2010 and have no plans of closing it yet. So you can vote too! Although this is not the most popular poll on

The most popular poll is surprisingly “What is the biggest issue facing Pakistani citizens right now?” on most visitors like taking this poll. However, strangely enough, its not the Afghan conflict that has Pakistani citizens stumped, its corruption and bad governance! Even Afghan fall out, energy crisis (media’s favorite issues) or politicians favorite (constitutional reforms, NRO and Judicial crisis) or matters of foreign policy don’t top the list. Pakistani citizens apparently want good governance and lack of corruption. This poll has not closed yet. You can also vote and then click for instant results. However, only one vote per cookie is the criteria. You can’t vote twice. This is to ensure the poll remains true reflection of visitors opinion.

The second most popular poll on is the “Is Peace possible between India and Pakistan?” This poll has not closed yet – 43 percent voted ‘yes’ so far, 29 percent voted ‘no’ – 23 percent voted ‘may be’ and only 7 percent voted ‘don’t know.’ Another one is “Are you still happy living in Pakistan or would you like to migrate if you could?” 50 percent voted so far to the question still happy living in Pakistan if your scale of personal happiness is around 70 percent. 37.5 percent expressed the hope that things will get better, only 12.5 percent want to leave for greener pastures as their  scale of happiness is only around 30 percent. Not a single vote for the choice if your scale of happiness is around 50 percent. This poll has not closed either. You can still vote and add your voice.

Do vote and then click for instant results. I am planning to keep these polls open for next few months to gather more numbers to make it a little more conclusive. Stay tuned for updates.■

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.


  1. More reading?

    More than Half (52%) of All Pakistanis disapprove of the availability of foreign Music And Movies and its affect on the Culture
    July 15, 2010 – A recent Gilani poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan shows that there is a notable gap between preferences and practices regarding access to foreign music and movies in Pakistan. Audience research data show that foreign entertainment on TV draws huge audience, similarly foreign, notably Indian Music has vast audience. Yet when a normative question on preferences is asked, more than half of all Pakistanis (52%) are against the availability of foreign films and music in Pakistan and believe them to be detrimental to the culture as opposed to 31% who support the availability of these international entertainment items. 17% say they don’t know.

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  2. Three in Five Americans Give President Obama Negative Ratings on Afghanistan

    Over half not confident U.S. policies in Afghanistan will be successful

    NEW YORK, July 13 /PRNewswire/ — With the recent change in military leadership for Afghanistan there is a hope by the White House and others that this will help to change the direction of the war as well as attitudes toward it. President Obama probably also hopes this helps change opinions on his handling of the situation in Afghanistan, as just three in ten (29%) have a positive opinion of how he is handling it, while six in ten (59%) have a negative opinion. In January, almost four in ten Americans (38%) had a positive opinion of President Obama’s handling of the war while 53% had a negative opinion.

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  3. January 13, 2010 10:07 AM PST
    Poll: Most won’t pay to read newspapers online
    Would you pay to read your favorite newspaper online? Most say no, at least according to a new Harris poll.
    With traditional print newspapers struggling to turn a profit, many have turned to the Web as a means to stay afloat. While some offer their online content free of charge, other papers have played around with subscriptions by charging readers a monthly fee. But that strategy may backfire, says a Harris poll released Wednesday.

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  4. July 16, 2010

    Fears About Personal Insecurity Have Doubled During The Last 25 Years

    A recent Gilani poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan shows fears about lack of safety and security have sharply increased over the past 25 years. In 2010 a vast majority of Pakistanis, all across the country (90%) feel that their area is not safe for anyone to walk for a few miles at night. A quarter of a century ago, in 1985,a similar Gallup and Gilani poll had found that only half that many (45%) believed that their area was not safe enough. On the other hand, currently only 10% say that their area is totally safe and there are no chances of any mishap or crime taking place .By contrast in 1985 50% held these views about their area.

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  5. July 14, 2010

    What Is More Enjoyable; Married Or Single Life? Majority Of The Married (76%) Claim Happiness In Married Life While Majority Of Singles (70%) Claim Happiness In Single Life

    A recent Gilani poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan, shows that majority of the Pakistanis claim to be Mr. and Ms. Cheerful. 76% of the married respondents prefer married life and on the other hand 70% of the unmarried respondents find single life better. However the data also suggests 24% of the married long for their single past and 29% of the singles are anxiously waiting to enter married life.

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  6. April 16, 2010

    Views on Possible Water Shortage in the Coming Days; 65% Have Shown Concern About it

    A recent Gilani poll conducted by Gallup Pakistan shows that majority of all Pakistanis appear to be worried about the possible water shortage in the country caused by lack of rain in the past months; 65% claim that water shortage would affect their life at home to a great or at least some extent, 28% say it will have a very little or no affect on their life. The remaining 7% were not sure.

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  7. Most in south Afghanistan believe NATO operations are bad for locals

    By Andrew Duffy, Postmedia News July 17, 2010 3:02 AM

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  8. Romantic comedies affecting off-screen love lives
    (Reuters) – Romantic comedies might provide 90 minutes of light-hearted fun but the happy-ever-after movies are also impacting people’s real love lives, according to an Australian survey.

    A poll of 1,000 Australians found almost half said rom-coms with their inevitable happy endings have ruined their view of an ideal relationship.

    One in four Australians said they were now expected to know what their partner was thinking while one in five respondents said it made their partners expect gifts and flowers ‘just because’.

    “It seems our love of rom-coms is turning us into a nation of “happy-ever-after addicts.” Yet the warm and fuzzy feeling they provide can adversely influence our view of real relationships,” said Australian relationship counselor, Gabrielle Morrissey.

    “Real relationships take work and true love requires more than fireworks.”

    The survey was released by Warner Home Video to mark the movie “Valentine’s Day” going to DVD.

    (Reporting by Pauline Askin)

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  9. Public Opinion in Pakistan: Concern About Extremist Threat Slips
    America’s Image Remains Poor


    Pakistanis remain in a grim mood about the state of their country. Overwhelming majorities are dissatisfied with national conditions, unhappy with the nation’s economy, and concerned about political corruption and crime. Only one-in-five express a positive view of President Asif Ali Zardari, down from 64% just two years ago.

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  10. American Idol
    POLL: Will You Watch Idol with Its New Panel of Judges?
    July 30, 2010

    American Idol
    POLL: Will You Watch Idol with Its New Panel of Judges?
    July 30, 2010

    Ever since Simon Cowell announced he was leaving American Idol, there’s been endless speculation over who will take his spot on the judges’ panel. On Thursday, news broke fast and furious that, first, Ellen DeGeneres was also off the show — and then, that Jennifer Lopez will become a permanent judge for season 10 of FOX’s hit talent search. And now, Kara DioGuardi has been reportedly fired — and Steven Tyler has been reportedly hired. With such a shake-up, it will hardly be the same Idol. But is that a good thing or a bad thing?

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  11. Time spent on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube grows
    By Jon Swartz, USA TODAY
    SAN FRANCISCO — Social networking is a social phenomenon.
    For further proof, just take a gander at new Nielsen research out today. It says Americans spend nearly a quarter of the time they’re on the Internet from their PC, or about six hours a month, on social-networking sites and blogs. That’s a quantum leap from a year ago and underscores the growing power of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    The new research also reveals U.S. consumers spend the plurality of their time online, or 36% of it, communicating and networking across social networks, blogs, personal e-mail and instant messaging.

    The rise of social networks has enhanced consumption of videos, movies and news and sports articles. “Friends and family are endorsing content to others,” says Dave Martin, vice president of primary research at Nielsen.

    And the face of that audience is getting older: Twice as many Americans over 50 visited social networks than kids under 18, Nielsen says.

    The newfound zeal for the digital lifestyle is epitomized by folks like Dee Jones, 63, who works at a utility company in New Jersey. She says she uses Facebook to connect with co-workers and friends, and, a website to exchange viewpoints.

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  12. Survey reveals world’s costliest cities
    When looking for a relocation destination, Expats may be well advised to skip Luanda in oil-rich Angola.

    By Suzi Dixon and agencies
    Published: 12:32PM BST 30 Jul 2010

    A new cost-of-living survey that showed developing African and Asian cities were among the priciest in the world.
    Luanda knocked the Japanese capital Tokyo off the top of this year’s Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey.

    Tokyo was in second place while Ndjamena, the capital of Chad, came in third.
    The survey, which covers 214 cities across five continents and measures the comparative costs of more than 200 items in each location, said developing cities were actually more expensive for expats to live in than Western cities such as New York or Washington DC, usually viewed as being pricey….And the world’s least expensive city for expats? Karachi in Pakistan.

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  13. Mixed Public Reaction to WikiLeaks
    Most Say Too Much Chelsea Clinton Coverage
    August 3, 2010

    The disclosure of more than 75,000 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan by the website WikiLeaks garnered significant media coverage last week, and those familiar with the story were split over the effect of the leak: about equal percentages say the release harms the public interest as say it serves the public interest.

    Most Americans have heard either a lot (37%) or a little (36%) about the WikiLeaks story specifically, though 27% say they heard nothing at all about it. Among those who have heard about the leak, 47% say the disclosure of classified documents about the war in Afghanistan harms the public interest while 42% say it serves the public interest.

    Those most attentive to the story take a more critical view of the WikiLeaks release. Among the 37% of the public that has heard a lot about it, most (53%) say the disclosure of classified documents about the Afghanistan war harms the public interest; those following the story less closely are divided: 42% say the leak serves the public interest, 40% say it harms the public interest, while another 18% say they don’t know or say it does both or neither.

    Age is also a factor in views of the classified document leak with younger Americans taking a less critical view of the disclosure made on the WikiLeaks website. On balance, those younger than age 50 think the leak serves the public interest (48% serve, 40% harm). By contrast, those older than age 50 say the leak harms the public interest by a 55%-40% margin.

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  14. Women find men in red more appealing?

    By Zachary Goelman

    NEW YORK | Fri Aug 6, 2010 12:47pm EDT

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Men wanting to catch the eye of women should dress in red, a color which new research shows makes them more alluring to the opposite sex.

    Women in the United States, England, Germany and China said they found men pictured wearing red, or framed in red, more sexually attractive than in other colors, the research published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology showed.

    Andrew Elliot, an author of the study from the University of Rochester, said red was thought to be sexy color for women only.

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  15. Advice to job seekers: drop the Merlot
    (Reuters) – Job applicants who drink alcohol are perceived as less intelligent and less hireable by American bosses, a bias dubbed the “imbibing idiot bias” in a study published on Monday.

    In a series of six related experiments, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania found that an association with alcohol caused observers to “expect cognitive impairment” in a job seeker.

    “Merely holding an alcoholic beverage may reduce the perceived intelligence of the person,” Scott Rick and Maurice Schweitzer wrote.

    Their study was presented to the Academy of Management, an annual meeting of business and management researchers.

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  16. Attractive women overlooked for certain jobs?
    (Reuters) – Too hot to be an engineer or prison guard?

    Good looks can kill a woman’s chances of snaring jobs considered “masculine,” according to a study by the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

    Attractive women faced discrimination when they applied for jobs where appearance was not seen as important. These positions included job titles like manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor.

    They were also overlooked for categories like director of security, hardware salesperson, prison guard and tow-truck driver.

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  17. Sons ‘with fond childhood memories of fathers more stable’
    Sons who have fond childhood memories of their fathers are more likely to be emotionally stable in the face of day-to-day stresses, a new study has found.

    Researchers spoke to more than 900 men and women aged from 25 to 74 before reaching their conclusion.

    Psychology Professor Melanie Mallers, of California State University-Fullerton, who led the research team, said: “Most studies on parenting focus on the relationship with the mother.

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  18. Short breaks make people happier than one long holiday, psychologists claim
    Taking frequent short breaks is better for you than one long holiday, research has found.

    By Laura Roberts
    Published: 3:20PM BST 15 Aug 2010

    Psychologists believe that people who use their holiday allowance in bursts rather than all in one go are happier.
    People who take so-called mini-breaks have more happy memories than those who holiday for an extended period of time, they claimed.

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  19. Internet at home goes hand-in-hand with romance
    Monday, 16 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Dim the lights, turn on the schmoozy music, and log on… Adults who have Internet access at home are more likely to be in romantic relationships than adults who don’t, a study presented Monday found.

    Just over 82 percent of adults who have Internet access at home also had a spouse or romantic partner, compared to just under 63 percent of adults who did not have access to the worldwide web, the study presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association says.

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  20. Thinking patterns of Pakistan’s youth
    BY MUHAMMAD AMIR RANA, AUGUST 30, 2010 Monday, August 30, 2010 – 1:58 PM Share

    t might come as a surprise to those concerned about a growing militancy problem in Pakistan that most of the people in the country believe that the Taliban and al Qaeda are not doing any service to Islam. According to the findings of a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, support for terrorism among Pakistanis is much lower compared to other Muslim states. Militants have expanded their targeting of public places and intensified sectarian attacks in the last few years, actions that have fuelled public sentiments against them, and undermined the formerly tacit support for the Taliban in many areas and segments of society. The very strong support for military operations against the Taliban in Swat and elsewhere also evidence the sagging public backing for the Taliban. In short, the people of Pakistan are concerned about a rise in extremism linked to religion.

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  21. Canadian parents more lenient than Italians and French

    By Bernd Debusmann, Jr.

    NEW YORK | Thu Sep 2, 2010 2:23pm EDT

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – Canadian parents are more lenient with their children than mothers and fathers in France and Italy, according to a new study.

    Researchers from the University of Montreal, the University of Rennes in France and the University Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Italy discovered that Canadians are tolerant, Italians are demanding and the French are somewhere between the two.

    “Our most important finding was the difference between Canadians and the others.” said Professor Michel Claes, of the University of Montreal.

    “Canadians focus on independence and negotiation. On the other hand, Italians, for example, have more constraining practices and exercise more control. We found Canadians seem to focus on negotiation in the case of conflict,” he added.

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  22. Early day care may promote eczema development
    (Reuters Health) – Kids who spend their earliest years in day care may be at higher risk of eczema than kids cared for at home, according to a new study from Germany.

    Eczema is a collective term for different skin conditions characterized by a scaly, itchy, reddish rash. From 10 percent to 20 percent of infants and children experience some symptoms of the disease, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

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  23. Average Value of MNAs’ Assets increases three folds since 2002; the current National Assembly twice as rich compared to the previous one
    PILDAT Analysis of the MNAs’ Assets Declarations

    Islamabad, September 14; A comparative analysis of the assets declared by MNAs belonging to the 12th and the 13th National Assembly of Pakistan reveals that the average value of an MNA’s assets has increased three folds in six years from 2002-2003 to 2008-2009. The average value of an MNA’s Assets in the 12th National Assembly was just below Rs. 27 million in 2002-2003 which has increased to almost Rs. 81 million in 2008-2009, a 3-fold increase in six years, according to a PILDAT Analysis of the Declarations of Assets submitted by MNAs.

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  24. Eighty-Two Percent (82%) Of Pakistani Men And Women Believe Their Country Will Not Sink But Swim Out Stronger From The Tragedy Of Floods

    According to a Gilani Research Foundation survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, majority (82%) of all Pakistanis believe their country will not sink but swim out stronger from the tragedy of floods while only 9% have a pessimistic approach. 9% did not give any response.

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  25. 65% – Do You Sleep With Your Cell Phone?

    It’s difficult to separate many Americans from their cell phones, even when they’re asleep. Among those who own a cell phone, 65% of adults say that they have slept with their phone on or right next to their bed. Nearly all young adults (ages 18-29) make sure their phones are never too far away at night; fully 90% sleep with their cell phone on or right next to their bed. By comparison, 70% of 30-to-49 year olds with phones sleep with their phones close, as do 50% of 50-to-64 year olds and 34% of those ages 65 and older. Not surprisingly, heavy cell phone users — both those who use their phones to constantly text message and those who use it to make numerous voice calls — are more likely to sleep with their phones. Adults who have slept with or near their phones are also more likely to feel positively about their phone

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  26. U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey
    September 28, 2010
    Atheists and agnostics, Jews and Mormons are among the highest-scoring groups on a new survey of religious knowledge, outperforming evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants and Catholics on questions about the core teachings, history and leading figures of major world religions.

    On average, Americans correctly answer 16 of the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers. Jews and Mormons do about as well, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively.

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  27. Having faith ‘helps patients live longer’, study suggests
    Believing in God can help people live longer, a study has suggested.

    By Andrew Hough
    Published: 7:30AM BST 06 Oct 2010


    Research into liver transplant patients found those who were actively “seeking God” had a better survival rate than those who did not hold religious beliefs, regardless of which faith they held.

    They found some patients were up to three times more likely to survive by having a “strong religious connection”, even if they didn’t attend church.

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  28. Women own 12 outfits which do not fit
    Women’s wardrobes contain at least 12 items of clothing that do not fit, a study has shown.

    Researchers found the average woman has a dozen outfits worth £289 gathering dust in the cupboard because they are either too big or too small for them to wear.

    That’s a total of £5,443,026,000 worth of outfits languishing in wardrobes, waiting for the day when they ‘may’ fit again.

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  29. Mental problems rise with kids’ screen time: study

    By Lynne Peeples

    NEW YORK | Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:20am EDT

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than two hours a day spent watching television or playing computer games could put a child at greater risk for psychological problems, suggests a new study.

    British researchers found the effect held regardless of how active kids were during the rest of the day.

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  30. Obese? Apple or pear shaped? It may be your genes

    By Kate Kelland

    LONDON | Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:02pm EDT

    LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists have found more than 30 new gene variations linked to obesity and fat in research they say could help explain why some people get so overweight, and why some are apple shaped and some shaped like pears.

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