PNoy fails to curb poverty—survey

THE administration failed to gain a majority approval rating on its performance in 12 key issues, and even posted negative ratings on efforts to reduce poverty and control inflation, the latest Pulse Asia survey shows.

The March Survey on Urgent National Concerns showed that the administration posted approval ratings of 40 percent for promoting peace in the country; 41 percent for enforcing the rule of law; 42 percent in fighting government corruption; 43 percent in defending national territorial integrity; 45 percent in fighting criminality; 48 percent in protecting the environment; and 49 percent in addressing the needs of calamity victims.

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In contrast, the survey said, disapproval was the plurality sentiment toward the administration’s efforts to reduce poverty (40 percent) and control inflation (41 percent).

In a statement, Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse Asia research director, noted a decline in the administration’s approval ratings on defending national territorial integrity against foreigners (-7 percentage points); and enforcing the law equally on all citizens (-8 percentage points); and an increase in the disapproval ratings on two issues, efforts to enforce the rule of law (+8 percentage points) and efforts to promote peace (+8 percentage points).

The administration scored approval ratings of 37 percent for creating more jobs; 37 percent for controlling fast population growth; and 33 percent in improving or increasing the pay of workers.

The survey was conducted from March 1 to 7, with face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents.

Reacting to the survey, the Palace said the administration will focus on pushing good governance, creating jobs and fighting poverty in the next 15 months.

“The government continues to implement measures to stabilize prices of commodities. Various programs have been put in place to bring about poverty reduction. This includes breaking ntergenerational poverty through the conditional cash transfer program, skills development for enhanced employability, and improving the business climate in the country through good governance,” said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma.

According to the Pulse Asia survey, Filipinos continue to be most concerned about economic issues.

In March 2015, the leading urgent national concerns among Filipinos are controlling inflation (46 percent), increasing the pay of workers (44 percent), and fighting corruption in government (40 percent).

Other urgent concerns were poverty reduction (37 percent), job creation (34 percent), criminality (22 percent), peace (22 percent) and the rule of law (19 percent).

Filipinos were least concerned about environmental degradation (13 percent), population control (9 percent), national territorial integrity (5 percent), terrorism (5 percent), and charter change (4 percent).

Public opinion was split three-ways with respect to the administration’s performance in the area of increasing the pay of workers, with 33 percent approving, 33 percent disapproving and 35 percent undecided.

The survey has a ± 3% margine of error at the 95 percent confidence level, Pulse Asia said, adding that no party commissioned the research effort.

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