Good health, better pay most important to Filipinos – poll
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.