MAJORITY OF FILIPINOS FEEL LIKE 'LOSERS' - PULSE ASIA

BULLETIN -One out of every two Filipinos (50%) believes that the national economy has worsened in the past 12 months so that even their personal Quality of Life (QOL) deteriorated as well, according to a new Pulse Asia Survey. The result of Pulse Asia’s Quality of Life and State of the National Economy (December 2013) Ulat ng Bayan National Survey, revealed that 43 percent assert that their personal QOL have deteriorated compared to a year ago, 41 percenet observe no change in their personal circumstance, while the rest (15%) find themselves in a better situation in December 2013 than the same period last year. Pulse Asia, survey, Manila Bulletin, mb.com.ph One out of every two Filipinos believes that the national economy has worsened in the past 12 months so that even their personal Quality of Life (QOL) deteriorated as well.

ALSO: 55% of Filipinos believe quality of life worsened

INQUIRER -Despite the country’s high economic growth, most Filipinos considered their quality of life, both at the national and personal levels, to have worsened in the previous 12 months, results of a Pulse Asia survey last December showed. They also expected the situation to remain the same for the whole of 2014. The majority of Filipinos (55 percent) said the national quality of life deteriorated in the past 12 months, while 36 percent said the national situation remained unchanged. Nine percent said it improved. Pulse Asia interviewed 1,200 adults all over the country from Dec. 8 to 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points at the 95-percent confidence level. The figures last month differed significantly from those recorded in March 2013, Pulse Asia said.

ALSO: 67% of Pinoys say PDAF tainted with graft

Pulse Asia, in its latest survey, said that 67 percent of Filipinos feel corruption was involved in the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) under the Aquino administration. The survey outfit also noted that 45 percent of the people want pork barrel abolished compared to the 30 percent in 2004. Pulse Asia conducted the survey from September 14 to September 27 while there was a strong clamor for the abolition of the PDAF and before alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles surrendered to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang. The pork barrel controversy has already taken its toll on Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla who had already been charged with plunder, graft, bribery and malversation. The news of the PDAF scam spread like wildfire as Pulse Asia revealed that nine out of 10 Filipinos were aware of the pork barrel misuse, while 32 percent believe that politicians use their PDAF funds in their election campaign.

ALSO: Aquino, Binay keep high Pulse Asia survey ratings

President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay continued to enjoy high approval and trust ratings from the public in the third quarter Pulse Asia survey results released Wednesday. The nationwide survey conducted last September 14-27 with 1,200 respondents found that of the five top government officials, the President and Vice President obtained majority approval and trust ratings. Reacting to the survey, Malacañang said the increase in President Aquino’s approval rating in the latest Ulat ng Bayan Survey of Pulse Asia continues to show the Filipino people’s confidence on the President and his reform agenda. The President’s approval rating was six percent higher from 73 percent in June to 79 percent in September, while his trust rating was just down by one percent from 77 percent in June to 76 in September. Meanwhile, Binay said yesterday he is “humbled and grateful” that he continues to enjoy high performance and trust ratings in the 3rd quarter Pulse Asia survey. He vowed that he will continue to be of help to Filipinos “especially in times of need.”


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MAJORITY OF FILIPINOS FEEL LIKE 'LOSERS' - PULSE ASIA

MANILA, JANUARY 27, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) One out of every two Filipinos (50%) believes that the national economy has worsened in the past 12 months so that even their personal Quality of Life (QOL) deteriorated as well, according to a new Pulse Asia Survey.

The result of Pulse Asia’s Quality of Life and State of the National Economy (December 2013) Ulat ng Bayan National Survey, revealed that 43 percent assert that their personal QOL have deteriorated compared to a year ago, 41 percenet observe no change in their personal circumstance, while the rest (15%) find themselves in a better situation in December 2013 than the same period last year.

Pulse Asia, survey, Manila Bulletin, mb.com.ph One out of every two Filipinos believes that the national economy has worsened in the past 12 months so that even their personal Quality of Life (QOL) deteriorated as well.

The sentiment of most Filipinos (45%) is one of lack of change in their personal QOL this year.

Across geographic areas, near to small majorities in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon (47% to 55%) say their personal QOL in December 2013 is the same as it was a year ago while practically the same percentages of Visayans and Mindanaoans (48% to 60%) identify themselves as “losers” or worse off by the end of 2013.

Pulse Asia said the only significant changes between September and December 2013 are the increase in the percentage of losers (+22 percentage points) and the drop in the percentage of those whose personal QOL did not move year-on-year (-16 percentage points), both of which are recorded in Visayas.

The survey also showed that those who felt strongest the impact of an economy gone bad are from Visayas (79%), Luzon (58%), Mindanao (57%) and National Capital Region (51%).

The nationwide survey was conducted from December 8-15,2013,using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults aged 18 and above. During this period, researchers noted that most Filipinos were preoccupied by the key developments in the country such as the rising death toll due to Typhoon Yolanda and the rehabilitation efforts in Leyte and other areas hit by the typhoon, the resignation of Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Rufino Biazon from his post; the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation into the fake special allotment relase orders (SAROs) amounting to P879 million; the Supreme Court’s investigation into the alleged influence-peddling within the judiciary; the approval of the P2.26 trillion national budget and the looming power hike, among others.

The latest Pulse Asia survey said their respondent base has a ± 3 percent error margin and 95 percent 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 percent error margin, also at 95 percent confidence level. (Mary Rose A. Hogaza)

sikatuna with high unemployment, lack of basic services, high poverty, of course people feel like losers. But Filipinos should also change their attitudes for the better if they want to see a future like more discipline, more honesty and more hard work and not just complain and complain and praying. Only hardwork will make miracles.

FROM THE INQUIRER

55% of Filipinos believe quality of life worsened Philippine Daily Inquirer 3:03 am | Tuesday, January 21st, 2014


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MANILA -Despite the country’s high economic growth, most Filipinos considered their quality of life, both at the national and personal levels, to have worsened in the previous 12 months, results of a Pulse Asia survey last December showed.

They also expected the situation to remain the same for the whole of 2014.

The majority of Filipinos (55 percent) said the national quality of life deteriorated in the past 12 months, while 36 percent said the national situation remained unchanged. Nine percent said it improved.

Pulse Asia interviewed 1,200 adults all over the country from Dec. 8 to 15. The survey has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 percentage points at the 95-percent confidence level.

The figures last month differed significantly from those recorded in March 2013, Pulse Asia said.

Back then, 48 percent of Filipinos saw no change in the national quality of life in the previous 12 months. Thirty percent said it deteriorated and 23 percent noted an improvement.

From March to December last year, the percentage of Filipinos who said that the national quality of life worsened in the previous 12 months increased across geographic areas—ranging from 14 percentage points to 33 points; and among socioeconomic groups—ranging from 14 points to 30 points.

Except for Metro Manila where 54 percent said there was a lack of movement in the situation of most Filipinos, the sentiment that the national quality of life deteriorated was shared by “near to sizeable majorities” across geographic areas (53 percent to 63 percent) and socioeconomic classes (48 percent to 58 percent).

During the same period, the percentage of Filipinos who said the national situation was better declined in Metro Manila (26 percentage points), the Visayas (19 percentage points), rest of Luzon (16 percentage points), Class ABC (18 percentage points) and Class D (15 percentage points).

The opinion that the national quality of life remained unchanged eased in the rest of Luzon (17 percentage points), Mindanao (16 percentage points) and Class D (15 percentage points).

Yolanda, Meralco rate hike

Among the developments before and during the survey were the rehabilitation efforts in areas devastated by the Super Typhoon Yolanda, the approval of the P2.26-trillion national budget by the bicameral conference committee, and the investigation by the Department of Justice and Department of Energy of the simultaneous shutdowns of power plants that resulted in Manila Electric Co.’s petition for a three-phased hike in its rates.

Forty-three percent of Filipinos expected no change in the quality of life of their countrymen in the next 12 months, down 9 points from 52 percent in March.

Pulse Asia noted almost the same percentage of Filipinos who were either optimistic (26 percent) or pessimistic (31 percent) about the national quality of life.

Pessimism up 18 points

Compared with the March 2013 figures, however, pessimism was up by 18 percentage points last month; while optimism was down by 9 percentage points.

According to the survey, most Filipinos also considered their personal quality of life either to have worsened (43 percent) or remained unchanged (41 percent) in the previous 12 months.

Compared with the September figures, the percentage who viewed a worse personal quality of life rose 8 points; while those who neither observed positive nor negative change declined 6 points.

Fifteen percent said they were in a better situation last month than a year ago, down 3 points from September.

Between September and December, the increase in percentage of losers was highest in the Visayas, up by 22 points (from 38 percent to 60 percent).

The area also recorded the biggest drop in the percentage of those whose quality of life remained unchanged in the previous 12 months, down 16 points (from 45 percent to 29 percent).

Meanwhile, “near to small majorities” in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon (47 percent and 55 percent, respectively) viewed their quality of life last month as being the same as it was a year ago, while most Filipinos in Mindanao viewed themselves as worse off (48 percent).

Class ABC biggest losers

Among socioeconomic groups, Class ABC had the biggest increase in the percentage of losers (up 27 percentage points) and biggest decline of those who viewed their personal situation unchanged in the previous 12 months (down 28 points).

Pulse Asia noted almost the same percentages of either losers (42 percent to 44 percent) or those who did not experience any change in their personal situation (34 percent to 42 percent) across all other socioeconomic classes.

Almost half of Filipinos (45 percent) expected no change in their personal quality life in the next 12 months, down 12 points from 57 percent in September.

Optimism was more pronounced than pessimism (37 percent versus 19 percent), but pessimism increased by 8 points from 11 percent.

Optimistic

Those in the Visayas and Mindanao were more optimistic, with 41 percent in both areas expecting to be better off in the coming year.

Optimism was more marked in the Visayas, up by 16 percentage points (from 25 percent to 41 percent). Meanwhile, there was a decline of 18 percentage points for Visayans who expected their personal situation to remain the same (from 60 percent to 42 percent).

Among those who said that the national economy had deteriorated the past year, 62 percent said they “strongly felt” the deterioration. Thirty-three percent said they felt it “somewhat.” Only 5 percent said they did not feel it at all.

Impact of economic growth

The gross domestic product, the value of goods produced and services rendered, in the first nine months of 2013 rose 7.4 percent, among the fastest in the region.

Among those who said that the economy had grown, 61 percent said they felt this growth “somewhat” in their personal lives, while 29 percent said they “strongly felt” it. Ten percent said they did not feel the growth at all.—Inquirer Research

FROM MANILA BULLETIN

67% of Pinoys say PDAF tainted with graft by Chito A. Chavez October 14, 2013

Manila, Philippines – Pulse Asia, in its latest survey, said that 67 percent of Filipinos feel corruption was involved in the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) under the Aquino administration.

The survey outfit also noted that 45 percent of the people want pork barrel abolished compared to the 30 percent in 2004. Pulse Asia conducted the survey from September 14 to September 27 while there was a strong clamor for the abolition of the PDAF and before alleged pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles surrendered to President Benigno S. Aquino III in Malacañang.

The pork barrel controversy has already taken its toll on Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Bong Revilla who had already been charged with plunder, graft, bribery and malversation.

The news of the PDAF scam spread like wildfire as Pulse Asia revealed that nine out of 10 Filipinos were aware of the pork barrel misuse, while 32 percent believe that politicians use their PDAF funds in their election campaign.

The same survey said 20 percent of Filipinos believe politicians received bribes and kickbacks, while 23 percent feel that Aquino used his pork barrel to obtain the nod and support of the lawmakers for his priority projects.

Elvie Alturas Butra nearly all politicians came to power because of paying the voters to vote for them, therefore they wanna get the money back when they are seated…therefore that percentage you got is false…..talk to napolis…she is the brain and the lawmakers are plunderers……

Aquino, Binay keep high Pulse Asia survey ratings

October 24, 2013 Manila, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay continued to enjoy high approval and trust ratings from the public in the third quarter Pulse Asia survey results released Wednesday.

The nationwide survey conducted last September 14-27 with 1,200 respondents found that of the five top government officials, the President and Vice President obtained majority approval and trust ratings.

The work of President Aquino in the three months before the survey was approved by 79 percent of the respondents. Vice President Binay scored 77 percent.

President Aquino had a 76 percent trust rating while Vice President Binay had 74 percent,

Senate President Franklin Drilon’s trust rating was 46 percent. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.’s trust rating was 41 percent while Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno had 40 percent trust rating.

According to Pulse Asia, the overall performance and trust ratings of President Aquino, Binay, Belmonte, and Sereno remained generally constant between June and September this year.

“However, it appears that the controversy surrounding the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) involving some lawmakers has adversely affected public perception of Drilon’s performance as he experienced a marked decline in his national approval rating (-12 percentage points) and an increase in his overall indecision figure (+9 percentage points) between June and September, 2013,” Pulse Asia said.

Pulse Asia said there is no comparative data for Drilon’s trust rating as he was not included in the previous survey’s trust probe.

Pulse Asia said the controversy regarding the alleged misuse of pork barrel of several lawmakers appears to have affected public opinion regarding the performance and trustworthiness of both Senate and Congress.

The overall approval ratings of these institutions dropped during the period June to September 2013 (-14 percentage points for the Senate and -15 percentage points for the House of Representatives).

Likewise, trust in these institutions declined significantly (-15 and -19 percentage points, respectively).

Reflection Of Confidence

Reacting to the survey, Malacañang said the increase in President Aquino’s approval rating in the latest Ulat ng Bayan Survey of Pulse Asia continues to show the Filipino people’s confidence on the President and his reform agenda.

The President’s approval rating was six percent higher from 73 percent in June to 79 percent in September, while his trust rating was just down by one percent from 77 percent in June to 76 in September.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a statement, said the latest survey is a “reflection of the unwavering confidence that the Filipino people have in President Aquino and his reform agenda.”

“Confidence has remained strong despite the attempts of those who oppose the President’s good governance and anti-corruption agenda to sow distrust and confusion,” he said.

Lacierda said attempts to pull President Aquino down will not prosper, especially those who had misused and abused public funds.

“It is clear that those who are now being held to account for their role in the abuse of our national coffers, despite their formidable opposition to this, are failing to confuse the public,” he said.

“Instead, the Filipino people continue to support the difficult reforms that the President has spearheaded. They know that the President remains sincere in his work: in his desire to uphold the truth, to uproot corruption, and to ensure that no one is left behind,” he added.

The Palace official also thanked the Filipino people for their support to the Aquino administration.

“Their support has only strengthened our determination to pursue justice and truth, and hold accountable those who have wronged the nation,” he said.

Humbled, Grateful – Binay

Meanwhile, Binay said yesterday he is “humbled and grateful” that he continues to enjoy high performance and trust ratings in the 3rd quarter Pulse Asia survey. He vowed that he will continue to be of help to Filipinos “especially in times of need.”

“Once again I am humbled and grateful for the people’s continued trust and their appreciation of my performance,” he said.

As the government housing czar and Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers, Binay said he will continue to work for the welfare of OFWs and for every Filipino family to be given an opportunity to own decent shelter.

“Tuloy-tuloy po nating pagsisikapan na mabigyan ng disenteng tahanan ang lahat at bigyang lunas ang suliranin ng ating mga OFWs (Let us continue to work in providing Filipinos a decent shelter and in addressing the concerns of our OFWs),” he said.(With a report from Madel S. Namit)


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