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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 »

What non-NCR managers say about corruption

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This week, SWS had gigs in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) and Davao City, as part of the roadshow of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) for regional competitiveness, by sharing the SWS Survey of Enterprises on Corruption directly with people from government, business and academia in seven sample areas. Earlier gigs were in the cities of Makati (for the National Capital Region or NCR) and Tagaytay (for Cavite-Laguna-Batangas or CLB). The CDO presentation showed data combined with Iligan City (abbreviated CDO-I). The roadshow goes next to the cities of Cebu, Iloilo and Angeles.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Unless otherwise provided by law’

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Last Wednesday I was at a hearing of the House committee on constitutional amendments, which had asked for data on “the quality of life of the Filipinos vis-à-vis the posted economic growth of the Philippines.” There I presented the SWS surveys that show that Philippine poverty, hunger and joblessness have been disappointingly flat in the past decade, despite rapid economic growth. I pointed out that joblessness of well above 20 percent is not new, but has been around since 2005, and also that “Yolanda” victims are no more jobless than nonvictims.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Survey facts of 2013

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The 2014 SWS Survey Review, presented last Tuesday at the Asian Institute of Management, was about facts. The surveys were genuine, and scientifically representative of the actual quality of life and the true opinions of the Filipino people. The raw data of all SWS surveys are permanently archived so that researchers may recompute the findings and extend the analysis.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Survey reporting 101

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One of the hazards of giving a multifaceted survey report is that the media get more leeway to select items of their liking. Offer the media a buffet, and they’ll only take what dishes they like, and not try to taste others.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Get on with the survey!

I used to be a student of Asuncion David Maramba at St. Scholastica’s College many years ago. I too am semiretired. Hoping all’s well with her.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Stubborn hunger

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“Hunger worsens,” said BusinessWorld’s headline the other day (8/15/2013), comparing national proportions of hungry families in the two latest quarterly surveys of Social Weather Stations: 22.7 percent in June 2013 versus 19.2 percent in March 2013.

Posted: August 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Allies in opinion research

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More and more institutions are getting seriously involved in opinion research. Last Monday, I met with leading academics of Ateneo de Davao University (Addu), headed by its president, Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ. It was Father Joel who inspired the SWS items that led to the report “9% of Catholics sometimes think of leaving the Church” (SWS Media Release, 4/7/2013). Addu has done several surveys, including election surveys, in Davao. Now SWS and Addu are exploring a possible partnership in Davao.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Passing the election test again

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In SWS’ view, its survey work has, again, handily passed its self-imposed periodic test of accurately anticipating election results. Our report, “SWS/BW final preelection survey of May 2-3, 2013: 9 Team PNoy, 3 UNA in top 12; 7 Team PNoy, 2 UNA safe,” announced on May 8 (www.sws.org.ph), proved entirely correct, compared to the latest actual results, official or unofficial. It correctly preidentified all winners and losers.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Subscribers do not pay for SWS to do a survey

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The essence of the current complaint of Rep. Tobias “Toby” Tiangco, secretary general of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), against Social Weather Stations, which he brought to the attention of the Commission on Elections, has boiled down to the proper interpretation of the words “paid for.”

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

One of the 9 percent

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I write as one of the 9.2 percent of adult Catholics in the Philippines who, according to the recent Social Weather Stations survey, have sometimes thought of leaving the Catholic Church. These instances occurred mostly in the “bad old days” before Cardinal Jaime Sin gave a new face to the Archdiocese of Manila. There have [...]

Posted: April 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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