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A survey on smoking

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Our newly posted report, “First quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey: Survey on usage, attitudes and behavior of Filipinos towards smoking” (www.sws.org.ph, 6/18/2014), backs up the Department of Health’s announcement last May 30, the day before World No Tobacco Day, that smoking among the young and the very poor has decreased. The DOH considers the youth and the poor as its prime target groups.

Posted: June 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Cardinal Sin’s biggest mistake?

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The idea that most Filipinos are deeply disillusioned with the People Power revolution is merely conventional, and needs to be empirically tested; I think the reality is somewhere between benign ignorance (many see Edsa 1986 only as an event in history, the occasion for a school holiday) and active acceptance (some continue to see it as a source of genuine change).

Posted: February 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What doesn’t kill you

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“Refuting the naysayers who have been trying to promote the impression that there is general dissatisfaction over the President,” said Sonny Coloma, “the survey shows that an overwhelming majority in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are solidly behind him.” Coloma was referring to the latest SWS survey, conducted on Dec. 11-16, which showed that 69 percent [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Did ‘Yolanda’ dampen optimism?

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In the SWS national survey of September 2013, 40 percent of Filipino adults said their quality of life would improve in the next 12 months, and 6 percent said it would worsen. The rest either said it would not change, or didn’t know. The difference between the percentages of optimists and pessimists is Net Optimism, which I shall abbreviate here as OPT. The new OPT is +35 points (correctly rounded), which SWS classifies as “very high.”

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Soda, Sopa, Soca

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It is relatively inexpensive—say 1 percent of the annual pork barrel—to do a scientific socioeconomic survey of a district, to aid a congressional representative in preparing an excellent Soda or State of the District Address.

Posted: August 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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