PAHAYAG-QUARTER 2 (PHYG-Q2) is an independent and non-commissioned poll done by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. covering the period of 13-19 July, 2021. It is a nationwide purposive sampling survey comprised of 1,500 respondents drawn from a research panel of approximately 100,000 Filipino registered voters maintained by a Singapore-based firm.
There were eight (8) modules measured: state of the economy and economic prospects, COVID-19 vaccine tracker, national issues, scorecard for national leaders and institutions, emotional quotient of incumbent and prospective leaders, media consumption habits and responses to media campaigns, predisposition, and the Duterte administration scorecard.
- STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND ECONOMIC PROSPECTS
The majority of the respondents expect some improvements in their financial situation heading into the third quarter of 2021. This could be partly attributed to slowing inflation and increased spending from both the public and private sectors. Results also hinted at some level of socioeconomic redistribution with clear winners and losers.
- COVID-19 VACCINE TRACKER
- NCR registered the highest vaccination rate at 61% with Mindanao coming in second at 54%.
- Across age groups, seniors notched the highest vaccination rate at 70%.
- The vaccination rate appears to be related to income, being the lowest among the poor and highest among the rich.
- The top reasons for not getting vaccinated include the lack of brand choice, refusal to get the vaccine, and perceived difficulty in procuring vaccines.
- NATIONAL ISSUES
- The economy, COVID-19 vaccine, and jobs remain the most often cited issues. Concern over the COVID-19 vaccine remains high but appears to be waning.
- Health-related issues such as catching COVID-19 or other diseases are the top personal concern. This is followed by job-related issues such as losing a job or difficulty finding employment.
- The handling of the West Philippine Sea and the non-disclosure of COVID-19 vaccine brands are the only issues with disapproval levels greater than their corresponding approval levels.
- SCORECARD FOR NATIONAL LEADERS
- Approval and Trust Ratings for the Top Officials
President Duterte suffered a noticeable drop in total approval from 65% to 58%. This is a departure from his longer-term trend, but still registered the highest total approval rating. Vice President Robredo managed to arrest the drop observed in the previous survey and went from 29% to 32% which is more in line with her longer-term numbers.
President Duterte suffered a sizeable drop in total high trust from 55% to 50%. In contrast, Vice President Robredo posted a 5% gain in total high trust and a 7% decrease in her total low trust rating.
- Approval and Trust Ratings Among Senators
The approval of Senator Pacquiao plunged from 66% to 37% over the last quarter. Moreover, his disapproval rating surged from 12% to 35%. In contrast, Senator Gordon increased his approval rating by 7%.
Total high trust in Senator Pacquiao dropped by 28 points. Moreover total low trust in Senator Pacquiao surged by 22 points. Senator Marcos and Senator Gordon posted substantial increases in total high trust to bring them to the 30% mark.
- EMOTIONAL QUOTIENT OF INCUMBENT AND PROSPECTIVE LEADERS
President Duterte is perceived by many as brave, decisive, and has love for the Philippines. On the other hand, Vice President Robredo is viewed as religious and sympathetic or kind. The sharp contrast in traits between the two remains.
- MEDIA CONSUMPTION HABITS AND RESPONSES TO MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
- Reading news on social media remains the most popular media-related activity among respondents. Reading news on print continues its decline.
- Facebook and YouTube remain the most widely and intensely used media platforms with near-universal usage rates and staggering average daily usage rates.
- CNN Philippines, GMA7, And Philippine Daily Inquirer remain the most trusted media outlets. Rappler and ABS CBN (online) garnered the highest total low trust ratings.
- Sara Duterte posted a 5-point gain and breached the 20% mark for the first time in the PAHAYAG survey series. Bongbong Marcos notched a 4-point gain for 2nd place. Leni Robredo arrested her decline and gained 4 points to go back above the double-digit mark. Francisco Domagoso dipped by 4 points continuing a multi-survey trend. Manny Pacquiao plummeted to 3.6% after reaching 12.8% in the previous survey.
- Francisco Domagoso and Sara Duterte experienced slight dips in Vice President predisposition. Rodrigo Duterte surged from 4.9% to 9.9%.
- The top twelve choices for senator include Francisco Domagoso, Francis Escudero, Willie Ong, Lucy Torres-Gomez, Manny Pacquiao, Risa Hontiveros, Loren Legarda, Bongbong Marcos, Joel Villanueva, Vilma Santos-Recto, Sara Duterte, And Alan Cayetano.
- There are many new names in the top 24. Moreover, only 3 incumbents are in the top 12.
- The senate predisposition shares of Senator Pacquiao dropped from 66% to 40%. While it is a massive drop, he remains in the top 5.
- DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION SCORECARD
- Duterte Administration received passing / passable (on or above 6) marks in all areas except promoting human rights (5.86) and managing inflation (5.82).
- The Build Build Build is the most popular project of the Duterte Administration by a wide margin. The campaign against illegal drugs and the Bayanihan Acts share the second top spot. The Universal Health Care Act is a distant third. The Anti-Terrorism Act was cited as a top 3 project by over a fifth of respondents.