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More Filipinos Don’t Think 2008 Will Be ‘Truthful’

July 25, 2008

The respected Pulse Asia opinion survey agency has just released its latest study of how Filipino view the upcoming July 29 State Of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo, her penultimate report before the 2010 elections.

The survey (as reported by the newspaper Philippine Star says:

“More Filipinos – up to 40 percent – expect President Arroyo’s State of the Nation Address on Monday to be “untruthful,” up from 29 percent who expressed the same distrust last year, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed yesterday.

“Past public skepticism regarding President Arroyo’s SONAs appears to have become stronger and now makes it difficult for her to maximize her forthcoming SONA’s political value,” Pulse Asia said of the results of its non-commissioned nationwide survey from July 1 to 14.

In its “Ulat ng Bayan” survey, Pulse Asia used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 individuals 18 years old and above.

“As in previous Arroyo SONAs, only a rather small number of respondents (14 percent) believes truthfulness will attend the next Arroyo SONA,” Pulse Asia said.

More than half – or 53 percent – of the respondents who expressed skepticism regarding the SONA were from Mindanao.

The view that the past Arroyo SONAs had been untruthful is most apparent among respondents from the close to poor Class D (46 percent) and the poorest Class E (49 percent).

The same opinion was expressed by respondents 65 years old and above (53 percent) and those living in urban areas (50 percent).

But the same mindset was least evident among young respondents 18 to 24 years old (33 percent) and those who completed college (38 percent).

Rural Luzon (34 percent) and urban Visayas (33 percent) also have remarkably fewer skeptics.

Urban regions in the Visayas have the biggest number of respondents who believe in the truthfulness of the next SONA at 23 percent, while the least trusting were from urban Luzon at seven percent.

The survey found higher proportions of undecided respondents in other parts of Luzon and in much lower levels in Mindanao.

Indecision is markedly higher among the youngest, 18 to 24 years old age group (60 percent), those with some years of college education (55 percent) and the self-employed (53 percent).

But public indecision on the issue of SONA truthfulness represents a nine-percentage point decline from 55 percent in July 2007 to 46 percent this year.”

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