PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc.’s independent poll PAHAYAG Luzon* (excluding the NCR; NCR will be the subject of a separate/dedicated poll by Vox Opinion Research also in 2018) looked into the opinion of 1,800 respondent registered voters from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4A, Region 4B, and Region 5. Field work was conducted on May 7-11, 2018.
Respondents’ opinion were measured on the following: Living standards; The Country (State of the Nation); Love, Care, and Solidarity of Leaders; National Interest; Political Issues; Political Parties, Predisposition toward the 2019 Senatorial Election; Media Habits; Luzon-Specific Questions, and Endearing Philippine Brands.
Voters in Balance Luzon are largely satisfied with the way their lives are currently going, but those in MIMAROPA and Bicol are less pleased. Overall, a big majority of voters in Balance Luzon rate their families as having adequate means (not rich, not poor). Those from Region 2 register high personal satisfaction, comfortable family life, and excellent financial situation. Moreover, those from North and Central Luzon feel they are in a good financial situation compared to those in South Luzon.
Luzon recorded big majorities experiencing not having enough to buy food in the past 12 months, and overwhelming majorities said the prices of goods increased because of the TRAIN Law. Region 2 has less incidence of not having enough to buy food and less claims of increasing prices after TRAINS’s passage, in contrast to the rest of Balance Luzon where about 7 in 10 claim having experienced not having enough to buy food – more apparently among voters in Regions 1 and 5. In general, there is a high rate of struggling and sensitivity to price increase in South Luzon.
When asked whether their family’s financial situation is getting better or worse, despite some strained experiences in the cost of goods, Balance Luzon voters’ families’ financial outlook is getting better. Those in South Luzon register the lowest percentages of those saying their family’s positive financial situation is getting better.
When asked about basic services in their area, majority of the voters in Balance Luzon are happy with the housing services provided, but not much for voters in Region 1 and Region 5. As for food services, almost all voters are happy with government programs on food, especially those in Region 2. It is noted that those from Region 5 are not very pleased with both housing and food projects of the government. In terms of healthcare and education, there is an almost universal satisfaction among voters. On the other hand, voters in CAR and Region 5 are the least satisfied with healthcare services.
*Luzon is composed of 8 regions with 38 provinces, 71 cities and 699 municipalities. Luzon represents 55.9 % of 54,363,844 Total Registered Voters (TRV) of the Philippines as of 2016. Balance Luzon meanwhile represents 44.45% of the total registered voters in the country.