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Transition in Aquino’s rating

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From the time regular opinion polling began in 1986, the record for the longest presidential honeymoon goes to incumbent President Aquino. For 15 consecutive quarters, or just one quarter short of four years, P-Noy’s performance rating in the SWS surveys was no less than +42 (classified by SWS as “Good”; this was in May 2012), and went as high as +64 (“Very Good,” in November 2010).

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The governance rating cycle

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SWS had two new releases on ratings of governance this week, both based on the first-quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey, fielded last March 27-30. They are the last of the series from that particular survey. Soon, SWS will begin the next cycle of releases based on its new second-quarter survey, fielded in late June. The first report, as usual, will be on public satisfaction with the President.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Time for a General Social Survey

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I pity the social science majors in college who are tasked “to do a survey” for their thesis research, on whatever topic. Sampling and interviewing are still far from social science. It is a waste of a student’s talent, time and money to single-handedly interview a decent sample of even a few hundred respondents, and then still have to analyze the data, within one or even two semesters of work. With so little data to analyze, whatever one finds will have no practical applicability.

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

Suan Dusit pollsters visit SWS

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This week, SWS had the pleasure of hosting several visitors from the Suan Dusit Poll (SDP) of Thailand, led by Nattapon Yamchim, its president; Nongluck Chotevithayathanin, research and information director; and Pongpun Jardgon, data processing head. The SDP, one of the three main polling entities of Thailand, is part of Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, a state institution. The other two entities are the NIDA Poll of the state’s National Institute for Development Administration and the ABAC Poll of Assumption University of Thailand (private; ABAC stands for Assumption Business Administration College).

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ten aspects of national pride

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A people’s sense of national pride is measurable in general, as well as specific, aspects. In the Philippines, the most general survey question used by Social Weather Stations is “Gaano ninyo ipinagmamalaki ang pagiging Pilipino—talagang ipinagmamalaki, medyo ipinagmamalaki, medyo hindi ipinagmamalaki, o talagang hindi ipinagmamalaki?” (How proud are you to be a Filipino—very proud, somewhat proud, somewhat not proud, or not at all proud?) It has a symmetric four-point scale, with the upper two points for the proud, and the lower two points for the not-proud.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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