MOST Filipinos want whoever will succeed President Benigno Aquino 3rd to make a priority an increase in workers’ pay, the issue being the top among the major concerns lined up by pollster Pulse Asia in its latest survey.
In its report released on Friday, 38 percent of the 1,800 respondents surveyed, roughly estimated to be one in every four, from January 24 to 28 said the next President should address workers’ salary, while 36 percent said the next leader should focus on fighting the proliferation of illegal drugs.
Pulse Asia said the survey consists of the second cluster of urgent issues the respondents wanted to be addressed.
The other concerns are controlling inflation (30 percent), fighting corruption in government (30 percent), reducing poverty (29 percent) and creating more jobs (26 percent).
Meanwhile, 24 percent of respondents wanted their next President to fight all forms of crimes while 20 percent wanted the enforcement of the rule of law.
Nearly one in 10 Filipinos said the next administration should promote peace (12 percent), curb the spread of illegal gambling (11 percent) and protect the environment (10 percent).
Other issues that fell below the 10 percent mark are: defense of national territorial integrity (eight percent) and preparations for disasters and calamities (eight percent), protection of welfare of overseas Filipino workers (seven percent), quick response to needs of those affected by calamities (six percent), and preparations to successfully deal with tourism (four percent).
Also, the survey report indicated that about 25 percent of the respondents said they were supporting their preferred presidential candidate because of their having “an untarnished reputation or a reputation for not being corrupt.”
In previous surveys, Vice President Jejomar Binay remained the top presidential contender while Sen. Grace Poe and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte tied for second place.
Administration standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd shed some percentage points to further drop to the tail end of the list.
The survey has a ±2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.