A Gilani Research Foundation Survey conducted by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan reveals that up to 63% of Pakistanis may be praying more than normal during the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A sample of 1,144 men and women across all four provinces with national representation were asked via telephone if they were praying more, less or the same as before lock-down. 63% said they are offering more, 32% said they are offering less and 5% observed no change in their frequency in prayer. The sample included citizens from rural and urban areas as per population demographics. The differences in responses between citizens from rural and urban regions was minimal. The error margin, according to the study, estimated to be at +-3% at the 95% confidence level.
The organization that led the survey, conducted on 1st May to 20th May, Gilani Research Foundation, is a non-profit public service aiming to provide social science data regarding Pakistan to academics, policymakers and citizens throughout the world.