MANILA – The second run results of the NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. show that respondents residing in Pasig, Valenzuela, Marikina, and Manila most highly approve of the job performance of their respective mayors and city governments in combating COVID-19.
84.74% of Pasig residents who were among the 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 interviewed between April 13-18, 2020 approve of the manner in which their mayor and city government are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second to fourth-highest approval ratings were registered among residents of Valenzuela (81.25%), Marikina (80%), and Manila (73.19%).
The mayors of the top-ranked LGUs, whose names were not listed on the questionnaire answered by respondents, are Vico Sotto (Pasig), Rex Gatchalian (Valenzuela), Marcy Teodoro (Marikina), and Isko Moreno Domagoso (Manila).
“The four mayors and city governments with the highest approval ratings in the NCR COVID-19 Survey have received significant positive media coverage and kudos from netizens for their proactive anti-COVID-19 policies,” said Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and spokesperson.
Sinsuat noted that approval and disapproval rating of mayor/LGU COVID-19 responses varied greatly throughout Metro Manila, a sprawling 620-square kilometer metropolis composed of 16 cities and one municipality and with an official population of almost 13 million as of the 2015 census.
Overall, 43.7% of all respondents approve of the responses of their respective mayors and city governments to the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost one-third (33.2%) disapprove of the performance of their mayor and city government, while 23.1% neither approve nor disapprove.
The data indicate a negligible 0.5% increase in approval and a slight 1.3% decrease in disapproval compared to the first run of the survey.
NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey is an independent non-commissioned tracking survey designed by PUBLiCUS and VOX Opinion Research (VOX). The survey data was processed and analyzed by VOX, the in-house strategic research arm of PUBLiCUS.
The survey aims to gauge public opinion and perceptions on the following key indicators: Living Standards and Needs during the ECQ; National Government Performance; Local Government Performance; Existing/Proposed COVID-19 Policies.
The online fieldwork for the first run (Apr. 2-6, 2020) and the second run (Apr. 13-18, 2020) of the survey was conducted in partnership with Lightspeed Research/Kantar (Singapore). 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.
Lightspeed is now the Asia-Pacific headquarters of Kantar, a leading firm in the global data industry with a panel reach of 88 million respondents in 90 markets worldwide according to its website.
More information on the purposive sampling methodology and panel selection process of the survey can be found here.
Reference: Mr. Aureli C. Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director