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More from the ‘Yolanda’ survey

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Social Weather Stations has just completed a 46-page monograph, “Survey on the Impact of Typhoon Yolanda on Filipino Households,” that includes many more details than its initial two reports, “13% of Filipino families were Yolanda victims; their net satisfaction rating for PNoy is +54” (1/22/2014) and “’Excellent’ net ratings for foreign countries and private orgs on Yolanda relief efforts; ‘very good’ for local and national government” (1/28/2014), and my column “Poverty, hunger and Yolanda” (Opinion, 1/25/2014).

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New numbers on happiness

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Last week, Social Weather Stations released its December 2013 survey findings that 86 percent of Filipino adults nationwide were happy with life in general, and 83 percent of them were satisfied with their lives.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Investments: our crying need

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Headlines last week bannered the 27.5-percent joblessness rate reported by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in the fourth quarter of 2013, a large jump from the 21.7 percent rate reported in the third quarter.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Lingering corruption

President Aquino rose to power on a strong anticorruption platform. In his first State of the Nation address in 2010, he talked about the virtuous path (or “daang matuwid”) of governance that his administration would take, and the people were thrilled by the promise. Now, more than halfway past his six-year term, the perception of corruption remains high.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Meeting 2014 with hope

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In the fourth quarter of each year, Social Weather Stations surveys Filipino adults nationwide with the question, “Ang darating na taon ba ay inyong sasalubungin na may pag-asa o pangamba?” (“Will you meet the coming year with hope or with fear?”)   Hope versus fear. The question is borrowed from Allensbach Institute, the pioneering German [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 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 »

How to raise Aquino’s approval rating

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“I am not a thief,” President Aquino said in a prime-time radio-television address the other night. Who said you are? But maybe some of your friends are.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Teflon and double standards

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If we go by recent opinion surveys, President Aquino must be wearing an armor-plated vest that cloaks him with permanent impermeability from criticisms on his performance.

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

Pork and popularity

What do the recent surveys tell us about the impact of the pork barrel scandal on President Aquino? The first round of reporting and analysis of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia surveys, which were conducted roughly at the same time in September, seems to have ranged between dire prognostications of devastated ratings and the first suggestions of a Teflon presidency. The more likely reading, however, is somewhere in the middle: A popular President has sustained a small hit but retains considerable goodwill.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Educating voters

The latest Social Weather Stations survey hints at an electoral landscape in a wild flux. Just last January, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) candidate Jack Enrile, son of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, was riding high in the poll with a 46-percent rating, ranking 8-9 in the senatorial derby. Now he’s down to rank 13, with a 38-percent survey rating.

Posted: February 26th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Joblessness and underemployment

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This week (2/18/2013), Social Weather Stations reported that adult joblessness was 24.6 percent in its survey for the fourth quarter, done on Dec. 8-11, 2012. It was the lowest joblessness rate of 2012, having been 29.4 percent in August, 26.6 percent in May, and 34.4 percent in March.

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Tracking private sector integrity

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Part of the good news from the 2012 SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption is that the proportion of executives solicited in the past year for a bribe, in connection with a government transaction, is at 48 percent, a record low in this series of 10 surveys since 2000.

Posted: September 28th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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