Good health, bet­ter pay most im­por­tant to Filipinos – poll

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By VANNE ELAINE P. TERRAZOLA

Most Filipinos, con­sider good health and bet­ter pay as most im­por­tant to them, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a sur­vey by Pulse Asia re­leased yes­ter­day.

The poll, con­ducted Dec. 6-11, 2016, said 63 per­cent of the re­spon­dents said their top pri­or­ity is stay­ing healthy and avoid­ing ill­nesses.

Next in their list of mat­ters they con­sid­ered most im­por­tant was hav­ing a se­cure and well-pay­ing job or source of in­come, cited by 44 per­cent; pro­vid­ing school­ing for their chil­dren, 41 per­cent; enough food to eat ev­ery day, 41

per­cent; avoid­ing be­ing a crime vic­tim, 38 per­cent; hav­ing some sav­ings, 38 per­cent; and hav­ing a house and lot, 34 per­cent.

Pulse Asia said the re­sults re­mained al­most un­changed from its De­cem­ber, 2015, sur­vey, when 62 per­cent listed health as their top con­cern. Health as given as the top con­cern by ma­jori­ties across ge­o­graphic ar­eas and so­cioe­co­nomic classes.

The sur­vey also asked the re­spon­dents what they want changes they want to see in the coun­try and 45 per­cent an­swered they want the salaries of work­ers in­creased.

Next on the list were: con­trol­ling in­fla­tion or prices , 34 per­cent; re­duc­ing poverty, 33 per­cent; fight­ing crim­i­nal­ity, 33 per­cent; cre­at­ing more jobs, 31 per­cent; fight­ing cor­rup­tion, 31 per­cent; pro­mot­ing peace, 23 per­cent; en­force­ment of the rule of law, 17 per­cent; re­duc­ing the amount of taxes paid by Filipinos, 12 per­cent; stop­ping the de­struc­tion and abuse of the en­vi­ron­ment, (11 per­cent; pro­tect­ing the wel­fare of over­seas Filipino work­ers, 10 per­cent; con­trol­ling pop­u­la­tion growth, 8 per­cent; de­fend­ing the in­tegrity of Philip­pine ter­ri­tory, 6 per­cent; char­ter change, 4 per­cent; and stop­ping ter­ror­ism, 4 per­cent.

Pulse Asia said that be­tween the Septem­ber and De­cem­ber, 2016, the only no­table move­ment in fig­ures was a 7 per­cent­age point de­crease in the level of con­cern about job cre­ation. The other con­cerns moved by only one to three points.

Among ge­o­graphic ar­eas, re­spon­dents from Metro Manila were most con­cerned about work­ers’ pay, 44 per­cent; job cre­ation, 35 per­cent; in­fla­tion, 34 per­cent; and cor­rup­tion, 34 per­cent.

In the rest of Lu­zon, the re­sults were: work­ers’ pay, 45 per­cent; crim­i­nal­ity, 35 per­cent; and poverty, 33 per­cent.

In the Visayas, the most cited na­tional con­cerns were: work­ers’ pay, 45 per­cent; fight­ing crim­i­nal­ity, 40 per­cent; and poverty re­duc­tion, 35 per­cent.

In Min­danao, most ur­gent were: work­ers’ pay, 44 per­cent, in­fla­tion, 38 per­cent; jobs, 35 per­cent; poverty, 34 per­cent; and cor­rup­tion in the govern­ment, 33 per­cent.

Among the so­cioe­co­nomic classes, the most men­tioned na­tional con­cerns of those in Class ABC was jobs, 39 per­cent). In Classes D and E, the lead­ing con­cern was in­creas­ing work­ers’ pay, 44 per­cent and 50 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

The sur­vey had a sam­ple of 1,200 re­spon­dents.

Drive on crim­i­nal­ity

The govern­ment scored a high per­for­mance rat­ing in its drive against crim­i­nal­ity, with 84 per­cent say­ing they ap­proved and 4 per­cent dis­ap­proved, for a net rat­ing of +80 in its De­cem­ber, 2016, sur­vey. It was a de­cline of four points from +86 in the Septem­ber, 2016, sur­vey.

Most Filipinos are like­wise ap­pre­cia­tive of the govern­ment’s per­for­mance on dis­as­ter re­sponse with a +78 net approval score; OFW wel­fare, +72; cor­rup­tion, +68; im­prov­ing peace, +66; en­vi­ron­ment, +63; rule of law, +62; , ter­ri­to­rial de­fense, +58; job cre­ation, +49; im­prov­ing work­ers’ pay, +44; poverty re­duc­tion, +35; and con­trol­ling in­fla­tion, +24.

Pulse Asia said pub­lic as­sess­ment of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s per­for­mance re­mained gen­er­ally con­stant be­tween Septem­ber and De­cem­ber, 2016.

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