Even as President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd has been boasting of economic growth in the country, four out of 10 Filipinos still believe that the economy remains the same as last year, according to the Pulse Asia survey released on Wednesday.
There are 43 percent or 4 out of every 10 Filipinos who believe that the present state of the national economy remains unchanged based on the survey conducted from June 20 to July 4, surveying 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above.
The 2013 Ulat ng Bayan report from Pulse Asia also revealed that 29 percent of Filipinos feel that the economy has worsened, while 28 percent believe otherwise.
Most of Metro Manila and Luzon with 48 to 50 percent of respondents believe that the economy got better, according to the survey, with the same view from the class ABC and D with 42 to 48 percent positive outcome.
The survey also revealed that the same percentage in Mindanao and the economic class E believe that the economy is unchanged (38 percent to 43 percent) or that it worsened over the past year (37 percent to 41 percent).
In the Visayas region, the opinion was split with 39 percent saying the economy has improved, 32 percent saying nothing changed, and 30 percent observed worsening economic situation in the country.
“Among those saying the state of the Philippine economy worsened year-on-year, the majority sentiment is one of being. SHEILA MANALAC