MANILA – The results of a new survey conducted by political consultancy firm PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. indicate strong public approval for the response of President Rodrigo Duterte and the national government to COVID-19 in Metro Manila – the epicenter of the pandemic in the country.
Exactly two-thirds or 66.6% of respondents from the NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey said they approved of the manner in which President Rodrigo Duterte and the National Government are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 17% neither approve nor disapprove, and 16.4% either disapprove or strongly disapprove.
“It appears that support for President Duterte and the national government remains strong among Filipinos residing in the Philippine epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic despite the criticisms voiced against them in recent weeks,” said Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and spokesperson.
The NCR COVID-19 Survey was designed by PUBLiCUS and conducted in partnership with Singapore-based Lightspeed Research from April 2-6. Lightspeed provided an online panel of 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 from its pool of 100,000 Philippine panelists. The number of respondents per city was distributed proportionally based on official population data.
The survey data was processed and analyzed by VOX Opinion Research, the in-house strategic research arm of PUBLiCUS.
NCR COVID-19 Survey is the second online panel poll conducted by PUBLiCUS. The first was the PAHAYAG NCR survey conducted in November 2017, also in partnership with Lightspeed.
The survey aimed to gauge public opinion on the following key indicators: (1) approval rating on the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in NCR; (2) approval ratings of key public officials and government entities in responding to the pandemic; (3) support for existing and proposed government measures to respond to the pandemic and provide aid to constituents in need; and (4) living standards of Metro Manila residents under the ECQ.
Though relatively novel in the Philippines for political polling purposes, online panels are an established sampling method used by reputable American polling institutions such as the Pew Research Center to conduct quantitative political and social research.
Reference: Mr. Aureli C. Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director
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