About seven out of 10 Filipinos in the National Capital Region (NCR or Metro Manila) believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a survey commissioned by The Manila Times conducted by Laylo Research Strategies (LRS) from February 6 to 9, 2015.
While upper classes (ABC) are divided on the direction the country is headed to, an overwhelming 72 percent to 73 percent of the lower classes (DE) believe it is headed toward the wrong direction.
A good majority (65 percent) in NCR, however, still prefer that the Chief Executive continue his role until his term ends. About 14 percent want him to resign or be impeached, with 22 percent of the upper classes saying an impeachment case should be filed against him.
Nearly half (47 percent) of those surveyed would want to listen to discussions before joining any protest actions regarding the January 25 massacre of police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
Ten percent of respondents said they would support a coup against the Aquino administration because of its culpability for the Mamasapano massacre. With NCR’s adult population of about 6 million to 7 million, this roughly translates to about 600,000 to 700,000 supporters of a coup – a figure nearing critical mass for an EDSA uprising.
About half of respondents are confident that the Philippine National Police’s Board of Inquiry (52 percent) and a joint Senate and House investigation (51 percent) will find out what really happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on January 25, 2015.
The Manila Times-LRS poll interviewed 300 adults in NCR about 12 to 15 days after the Mamasapano clash. The survey has a plus or minus 6 percent error margin.