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Poor and jobless

The results of two surveys released last week highlight the structural imbalance in the Philippine economy and underscore the fact that the economic boom under the Aquino administration remains wanting in alleviating poverty or generating jobs.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Pope Francis wants surveys

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I might have guessed that the main reason for my being invited to the Loyola School of Theology (LST) was that Pope Francis, bless his kind heart, had just sent Catholic bishops everywhere a set of questions, with a directive to answer these right away. Some questions are on the activities of the bishops, but those on the state of the flock are best answered by scientific surveys.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fall and rise

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This is by far the steepest P-Noy has fallen in the ratings, a friend said. She couldn’t remember anything comparable in the past.

Posted: October 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Continued contentment with governance

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The satisfaction of Filipinos with the performance of their national government, from mid-2010 until the first quarter of 2013, is unprecedented ever since Social Weather Stations began tracking it in 1989 (see “Satisfaction with gov’t dips but still ‘very good’,” BusinessWorld, 6/06/2013).

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Surveys and public opinion

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For many senatorial candidates who take elections seriously and exert great effort to address the important issues of the day, it must be terribly frustrating to be confronted by the results of preelection surveys. Nothing seems to matter except sheer media exposure and possession of a familiar name in order to score high. The preference for incumbents leaves one wondering if the Filipino electorate is content with the way things are.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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