Fighting corruption, controlling inflation top Pinoys' concerns: Pulse
MANILA - Fighting graft and corruption, controlling inflation and increasing the salaries of workers are the three most urgent national concerns for Filipinos today, according to a new Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday.
In the survey conducted last September 14-27, 2013, the most often cited urgent national concerns among Filipinos are fighting corruption (48%), controlling inflation (48%), increasing the pay of workers (46%) and creating more jobs (42%).
It said 32% of Filipinos cite poverty as a national concern.
Pulse Asia said Filipinos' level of concern regarding corruption in government increased by +17 percentage points from June to September. The survey was conducted at the height of the controversy involving alleged misuse of lawmakers' priority development assistance funds (PDAF).
Last September 16, the Department of Justice filed plunder, graft, bribery and malversation charges before the Ombudsman against former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senators Bong Revilla and Jinggoy Estrada, and 35 other individuals.
The survey showed that fighting graft and corruption is a major concern for Luzon (52%), Class ABC (66%) and Class D (49%) respondents . On the other hand, controlling inflation was cited as an urgent urgent concern by more National Capital Region (50%), Mindanao (52%) and Class E (55%) respondents.
There are no majority concerns in the Visayas and Class D, Pulse said.
The survey showed that Filipinos' level of concern for peace in the country also increased from 15% in June to 22% in September. The survey was conducted at the height of the siege by Moro rebels in Zamboanga City.
Pulse Asia said the Aquino administration scored majority approval ratings on only two of the 10 national issues: fighting criminality (60%) and enforcing the law on all (54%). These issues are deemed urgent by 17%-18% of Filipinos.
It said approval is the plurality sentiment towards the work done by the Aquino administration on the issue of low workers' pay (43%), employment (45%), peace (46%), corruption (47%) and environment (50%).
The nationwide 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.