Health, employment Top concerns of Filipinos – survey

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Staying healthy and having a job are the top concerns for most Filipinos as the country continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pulse Asia Research Inc. Ulat ng Bayan national survey showed.

Seventy percent of those polled said staying healthy and avoiding disease was one of their three most pressing personal concerns.

This is followed by having a secure and well-paid job at 47%, eating enough to eat every day at 46% and finishing their education or being able to send their children to school at 43%.

“Personal health is a major concern in all geographies and socio-economic classes,” Pulse Asia said in a statement.

Other areas of concern included having savings (32%), avoiding being the victim of a serious crime (32%), and having a house and land (30%).

Meanwhile, controlling inflation and raising workers’ wages were the top pressing national concerns, at 41% and 40% respectively.

“A second set of problems, according to Filipinos, must be immediately addressed by the Duterte administration, including the Covid-19 pandemic (29%), poverty (29%), corruption and corruption (26%) and employment (25%). lost their jobs or livelihoods due to the pandemic (19%), the application of the rule of law to all citizens (15%), the promotion of peace (15%) and the fight against hunger unintentional (15%) represent a third set of urgent national concerns, while a fourth set includes crime (14%) and environmental destruction (11%), ”the pollster explained. Pulse Asia noted that “the public assessment of the work done by the national administration remains positive,” but there have been significant changes in the assessment of government performance.

“Filipinos are the most critical of the Duterte administration’s work in the areas of poverty reduction (32%) and inflation control (36%) while they are the least inclined to disapprove of its efforts to protect the welfare of Filipino workers abroad (6%). tackling crime (9%), meeting the needs of disaster-stricken areas (9%) and promoting peace (9%) Meanwhile, levels of indecision about the work being done by the national administration will increase. from 17% on crime to 32% on national territorial integrity ”, he declared.

The administration obtained majority approval ratings on nine issues: tackling crime (74%), meeting the needs of disaster areas (71%), protecting the welfare of Filipino workers abroad (66% ), promoting peace (64%), providing assistance to those who have lost their jobs or source of income due to the pandemic (64%), upholding the rule of law for all citizens (60% ), control the spread of Covid-19 (59%), stop the destruction of the environment (56%) and the fight against corruption (52%).

However, the approval rating on the following issues decreased: corruption and bribery (-12%), equal application of the law (-7%), welfare of Filipino workers abroad (-7%), inflation (-6%), workers’ pay (-6%), Covid-19 pandemic (-6%), peace (-6%), environmental destruction (-5%), employment (-5% ) and crime (-5%).

The disapproval rate on the following issues increased: poverty reduction (10%), fight against corruption (10%), control of the spread of Covid-19 (8%), control of inflation (6% ) and increase in workers’ wages (5%) percent).

Pulse Asia conducted face-to-face interviews with 2,400 adults aged 18 and over from September 6 to 11, 2021.

The survey results have a ± 2 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level for national percentages and a ± 4 percent margin of error at a 95 percent confidence level for subnational percentages. Kaitreen cruz

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