MANILA - Half of Filipinos want President Rodrigo Duterte to focus on job creation and inflation when he bares his legislative agenda in his State of the Nation Address on Monday, a major pollster said.
Pulse Asia said 1,800 adults polled between June 15 and 21 were asked to choose 3 issues from among a list of 10 topics that they want Duterte to emphasize in his 3rd SONA.
Fifty-six percent chose the creation of more jobs while 52 percent picked efforts to control the rising prices of basic commodities, Pulse Asia said.
One in 3 respondents also want Duterte to focus on reducing poverty in the country (33 percent) while about a quarter of Filipinos said he should give emphasis to issues of contractualization (27 percent) and illegal drugs (26 percent).
Fewer Filipinos said the President should prioritize the issues of graft and corruption and the country’s territorial sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (both 16 percent), federalism (5 percent), and charter change (3 percent), added SWS.
The same survey found that a "sizeable majority" or 69 percent of Filipinos consider the anti-narcotics drive as the Duterte administration's most important achievement.
Also among the top 5 important achievements of the administration according to respondents were fighting criminality, increasing the salary of soldiers and policemen, fighting graft and corruption, and free tuition in state universities and colleges.
The survey also found that 83 percent of Filipinos were aware of Duterte's 2 previous SONAs, while 17 percent were not.
The President will not tout his administration's accomplishments in his upcoming SONA but would instead speak as the nation's father, Malacañang earlier said.
Duterte's speech this year will only last for 35 minutes since he promised to read from prepared remarks, it added.
The SONA survey has a ± 2-percent error margin at the 95-percent confidence level, said Pulse.