MANILA – Increasing workers' pay, controlling inflation and creating jobs remain the top concerns of Filipinos, according to the latest survey of major pollster Pulse Asia.
The Ulat ng Bayan survey, conducted from March 15 to 20, 2017, showed that the most often mentioned urgent national concern of Filipinos is the need to increase workers' pay (43%).
This is followed by concerns over controlling inflation (41%) and creating more jobs (39%). Two issues of utmost importance to the Duterte administration – fighting corruption and criminality, followed with 31% and 28%, respectively.
“Economic issues top the list of Filipinos’ urgent national concerns; public opinion on the matter remain essentially unchanged during the period December 2016 to March 2017,” Pulse Asia said in its “Ulat ng Bayan” survey report.
“For the most part, Filipinos’ sense of urgency as far as these national issues are concerned remains steady between December 2016 and March 2017. The only exceptions are the higher levels of concerns expressed by Filipinos about inflation and job creation in March 2017 (41% and 39%, respectively) compared to the previous quarter (34% and 31%, respectively)," Pulse Asia added.
Defending the integrity of the country’s territory (6%), preparing successfully face any kind of terrorism (3%), and changing the Constitution (3%) are the issues the respondents found to be least important in the list provided by Pulse Asia.
The quarterly survey is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.