SATISFACTION RATING OF MARCOS,
DUTERTE DROPS SLIGHTLY,
UNDERSANDABLY SO SINCE EXPECTATIONS ARE ALWAYS HIGH ON THE FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE OF ANY GOVERNMENT
PULSO NG PILIPINO ---- The satisfaction rating of the Marcos Administration in its first year in office dipped slightly by three points from the +72% it scored in the Pulso ng Pilipino (PnP) survey during the first quarter of the current year to +69% in the latest non-commissioned PnP survey conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center (The CENTER.)
The survey which has a sample size of 1,200 respondents were
equitably distributed to reflect the number of registered voters in 2022 in all
the 16 political subdivisions of the country.
The CENTER disclosed that it employed the most common standard
method in data gathering which is the Multi-stage, area probability sampling
(MSAP) with the village or the Barangay center as the first layer staging area
and with the field staff proceeding in either direction along the major streets
at the discretion of the researcher.
In the course of the face-to-face interviews, a skip interval method was
employed with five to seven houses in between calls in thickly populated
villages to obviate any bias in replies. Selective interviews were made taking
into account the demographic requirements such as gender, age and
socio-eco classification as the main considerations.
In such situations, proper physical distancing was still observed
including disinfection of the materials used. Calls were checked back at random by
the Team Leader to ensure accuracy of data entered on the call cover and interview pages. The intelligence information gathered from the Listening Posts (LPs) were also factored in. This layered system of intelligence gathering thru the LPs were first developed during the presidential campaign of the late President Fidel V. Ramos in 1992 which ensures the accuracy of the Pulso ng Pilipino survey.
The survey questionnaire used are easy to understand and the respondents are given the option to simply respond by choosing from the questionnaire that were shown to the respondents. The fieldwork for the survey was conducted nationwide on June 23 to 30, 2023 and the survey framework has a confidence level in excess of 98% and an applied margin of error of 3.0% more or less.
This latest survey showed the satisfaction ratings of President Bongbong Marcos dropping by three points to +69% which The CENTER considers as still very high. Similarly, the satisfaction rating accruing to Vice President Inday Sara Duterte also dipped by four points to +68%. The satisfaction ratings of the country’s top two officials stook at identical +72% in the Pulso ng Pilipino survey of the First Quarter of 2023 which was conducted on April 11 to 18, 2023.
The CENTER also said that while the satisfaction ratings of President Marcos and
Vice President Duterte may have dipped slightly, their trust ratings remained at
excellent levels. When the respondents were asked if they still trust or do not trust
that Marcos and Duterte are still on track in keeping with their campaign promises and
in running the government, some 83% said they still trust the President while 84% said
they still trust the Vice President.
The CENTER also said the drop in the satisfaction rating for both the President
and the Vice President is understandable because the public’s expectation is always
high in the first year of their six-year term of the country’s top two officials. The people
expectedly want to see immediate results from their campaign promises and this trend
will taper off when the new government starts to settle down.
At the same time, the satisfaction ratings of Senate President Juan Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri and Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo went up by four points and two points to +70% and +41%, respectively. Zubiri scored +66% and the Chief Justice posted +39% in their satisfaction ratings in the first quarter of the current year.
The satisfaction rating of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez went down by two points to +55% from the +57% in the first quarter of 2023 and Th e CENTER attributed this to the much publicized intramurals at the Lower House that led to the removal of Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as Senior Deputy Speaker.
Overall, majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the way the government functioned in its first year in office with majority of Filipinos expressing their complete trust in their top five officials of the country with Zubiri, Romualdez and Gesmundo posting positive trust ratings with 80%, 70% and 75%, respectively. # # #
FILIPINOS WARY OF PNP PERSONNEL GETTING
INVOLVED IN THE ILLEGAL DRUG TRADE
Some 32% of those surveyed have also expressed apprehension over the recent news expose’ that named several officers and non-commissioned officers of the Philippine National Police as being involved in the recent attempt to cover up the seizure of P6.7 billion worth of shabu.
Other concerns relative to peace and order were also reflected in the 32% of those surveyed and these issues included random criminal incidents such as street snatchings, robbery, hold-ups particularly those that are perpetrated against call center employees working the night shift.
Respondents also raised an alarm over the spate of killings involving media practitioners as well as human trafficking and the increasing incidence of online financial scams that are reportedly being carried out by the illegal operators of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators or POGOs.
Of those surveyed, 29% also expressed alarm over the growing foreign debt of the country and the seemingly unabated graft and corrupt practices in government offices. Part of the 29% claim that the government is not doing enough to protect the country’s claim and sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea.
Some respondents also see the need for political reforms particularly the replacement of Smartmatic as provider of the electronic voting systems given the many controversies involving the automated electoral system.
Twenty one per cent of the respondents also point to agricultural smuggling which drives up the prices of basic commodities. Some of those surveyed also point to the anomalous conversion of farm lots into subdivisions which affects the agricultural productivity of the country. # # #
81% OF RESPONDENTS STILL TRUST
THE MARCOS ADMINISTRATION CAN STILL
SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS
BEFORE THEIR TERM ENDS IN 2028
Notwithstanding these problems confronting the country, 81% of those surveyed still trust that the Marcos Administration can solve these problems before their terms ends in 2028.
Some 89% said they have complete trust in the government while only 8% said they have lost faith in the government with a minuscule 3% saying they don’t know or are not sure. # # #
MAJORITY OF FILIPINOS FAVOR GIVING
TEMPORARY SHELTER TO AFGHAN REFUGEES
With the pendency of the request of the United States government for the Philippines to provide temporary shelter facilities to Afghan refugees who have been vetted for migration to the US and other Western countries, 88% of Filipinos surveyed by The CENTER said they are in favor of allowing the government to provide temporary shelter facilities to the refugees.
An overwhelming 92% said they see nothing wrong with the proposal considering that the Philippines had done the same to Israelis during World War II and to so-called White Russians who escaped when communist forces took over China in 1952. Only four per cent disapproved of the proposal.
TULFO, LOREN, MIGZ, IMEE,
BONG GO, TOLENTINO ARE TOP
ON THEIR FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE
As the government ends its first year in office from June 30, 2022, the Pulso ng Pilipino survey showed the Philippine Senate posting a very positive +83% satisfaction rating in its first year in office on account of 90% saying they are completely satisfied with the performance of the Philippine Senate as against only 7% who said they are dissatisfied and 3% giving no answer.
Senate Pres. Migz ZUBIRI Sen. Imee MARCOS
Primarily, Senators Raffy Tulfo (73%), Loren Legarda (67%), Migz Zubiri (63%), Imee Marcos (59%), Bong Go (59%) and Francis Tolentino (56%) were perceived by the respondents as the top performing senators over the past year. The results of this survey reflects the weight and volume of the public relations and publicity efforts of the 24 incumbent senators. # # #
DO YOUR PART. HELP CONSERVE WATER.
SEN. RAFFY TULFO
SEN. LOREN LEGARDA
SEN. GO 'BONG' GO
SEN. TOL TOLENTINO
MAJORITY OF REGISTERED VOTERS ARE CERTAIN
THEY WILL GO TO THE POLLS IN 2025
Majority of registered Filipino voters are certain they will go to the polls and cast their votes for their favored candidates when the elections are held on May 12, 2025.
The Pulso ng Pilipino survey showed that 72% of the registered voters are certain they will vote in 2025. Some 12% said they will most likely do so with 2% saying they aren’t sure and 5% said they will definitely not vote. The other four percent said they don’t know. # # #
SOCIAL MEDIA TOPS LIST
OF FACTORS USED BY VOTERS
IN CHOOSING CANDIDATES
Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok have become the leading source of information used by voters when choosing the candidates they will vote for. Of the 1,200 respondents surveyed, some 30% said they regularly go online to open their soc-med accounts as their primary sources of information to be updated on the latest trends including political tidbits.
Eighteen (18%) percent said they get their political information from news programs that are available on TV and Radio news programs. Some 14% browse through the Google News and another 14% said they also rely on the endorsements of political and religious organizations as well as celebrities.
Nine (9%) per cent said they conduct their own research by interacting with their family members, friends and colleagues in their workplaces. Printed newspapers is the source of only 6% and what is disconcerting is the survey results showing only 5% look at the
character of the political candidates and the sad reality is that only a small 4% said they are guided by the speeches and public appearances of political candidates.
The CENTER said this pattern which is a departure from the way the people go through the electoral process in times pas and this clearly explains why mediocrity seems to have replaced the search for excellence in governance. # # #