MANILA – Around 68% of the Metro Manila residents who participated in the third run of the NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. and Kantar approve of the Duterte administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
67.8% of the 1,000 Metro Manila residents aged 18-70 who were interviewed between May 5-8, 2020 said they approve or strongly approve of “the manner in which President Rodrigo Duterte and the national government are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.” 17% of respondents neither approve nor disapprove, while 15.2% either disapprove or strongly disapprove.
The third run results reflect a 1.9% decrease in approval compared to the second run of the survey conducted from April 13-18, 2020.
“The results of the May survey suggest a marginal decrease in approval among the panel population. However, approval of the Duterte administration’s response to COVID-19 among respondents of the May survey is still higher than the 66.6% approval rating recorded during the first run of the survey conducted from April 2-6,” said Mr. Aureli Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director and Spokesperson.
Sinsuat noted that approval was particularly strong among respondents from households classified as Low Income (80%) or Poor (72%), and weak or below average among respondents from households classified as Upper Income (52%), Upper Middle Income (55%), Rich (62.5%), Middle Income (64%), and Lower Middle Income (65%).
Approval was also low among younger respondents, with only 58% of those aged 18-29 registering approval of Duterte and the national government. Meanwhile, approval among respondents between the ages of 30-50 was significantly above average, hovering just below the 80-percent mark.
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 COVID-19-related key indicators: Living Standards and Needs during the Enhanced Community Quaratine; National Government Performance; Local Government Performance; Media and Foreign Institutions; Existing/Proposed COVID-19 Policies.
The full results of the third run of the survey will be presented at a Virtual Presser scheduled for Tuesday, May 12 at 11:00 AM (Philippine Standard Time). The VP will be streamed Live at the PUBLiCUS Asia Inc Facebook page.
The online fieldwork for all three runs of the survey (April 2-6; April 13-18; May 5-8) was conducted in partnership with Kantar (formerly Lightspeed Research Singapore), which 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.
Kantar is 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 NCR COVID-19 Online Panel Survey can be found here.
Reference: Mr. Aureli C. Sinsuat, PUBLiCUS Executive Director