FILIPINOS are most concerned with the rise in prices of commodities than anything else, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Monday.
Based on results of the survey conducted between December 4 and 11 last year, managing inflation remains the most urgent national concern of Filipinos, followed by higher salaries.
The pollster noted that “the leading urgent national concerns of Filipinos are mostly economic in nature.”
Inflation was the only national issue cited as urgent across all geographic areas and socio-economic groups.
Increasing workers’ pay used to top the list of urgent national concerns but it dropped five points to 42 percent from September.
Higher pay was dislodged from the top spot by managing inflation which stood at 45 percent during the period in review.
Besides these concerns, Filipinos are also concerned about reducing poverty (38 percent), creating more jobs (34 percent) and fighting graft and corruption (34 percent).
Based on a multi-stage probability sample of 1,800 registered voters 18 years old and above, Pulse Asia’s nationwide survey has a ± 2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
A quarter of Filipinos, or 25 percent, also identified criminality as an urgent national issue, while 19 percent are concerned about peace and 16 percent about enforcing the rule of law whether influential or ordinary people are involved.
The other national concerns were: stopping the destruction and abuse of the environment, reducing the amount of taxes paid, controlling population growth, protecting overseas Filipino workers, defending Philippine territory, changing the Constitution and preparing to face any kind of terrorism.