75% of Pinoys say they are worse off than in 07

GMANews.TV – MANILA, Philippines – Seventy-five percent of Filipinos believe they are living a more difficult life now than a year ago while two in three (64 percent) Filipinos are pessimistic that their lives would improve in the next 12 months.

A Pulse Asia survey result posted on its website Wednesday showed that of the 1,200 respondents, only seven percent considered their situation to have improved in the past 12 months while only three percent felt the national quality of life (QOL) is better now than last year.

The result showed 58 percent of the respondents in Metro Manila, 73 percent in balance Luzon, 83 percent in Visayas and 84 percent in Mindanao consider themselves to be losers, or whose lives became worse compared to last year.

On the national situation, 72 percent in Metro Manila, 80 percent in balance Luzon, 92 percent in Visayas and 94 percent in Mindanao said most Filipinos are worse off now relative to last year.

Pulse Asia said the survey, which has a +/- 3% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level, was conducted from July 1 to 14.

The survey firm said there were hardly any movements in the percentages of Filipinos who consider themselves to be gainers or who had better life ? both at the national level and across geographic areas as well as socio-economic classes ? between March and July 2008.

However, the survey showed more Filipinos now see themselves as losers than in March 2008 (75 percent in July versus 59 percent in March) while the percentage of Filipinos saying there had been no change in their personal circumstances in the last 12 months dropped from 31 percent in March to 17 percent in July.

Pulse Asia said that relative to March 2008, more Filipinos now consider the national situation to be worse than last year, 71 percent in March compared to 84 percent in July or a 13 percent change, across geographic areas and socio-economic classes except in Metro Manila, which showed the least change (5 percent).

The survey also showed that despite claims of economic growth by the Arroyo administration, 86 percent of Filipinos said the national economy has worsened in the last three years with only four percent of the respondents believing otherwise, and 10 percent saying there has been no change.

“Compared to data from Pulse Asia?s March 2008 Ulat ng Bayan survey, there are now more Filipinos saying the national economy deteriorated in the last three years (66 percent in 2005 versus 86 percent in 2008),” the polling firm said.

The survey result showed 81 percent of the respondents believed the worsening state of the national economy in the past three years strongly affected their own lives.

The issues during the time the survey was conducted were the increasing demand for National Food Authority (NFA) rice across the country, the granting of various subsidies to the Filipino poor particularly through the administration?s ?Katas ng VAT” program, and the signing into law of the Cheaper Medicines and Tax Exemption bills.

Also on the headlines were President Gloria Macapagal Arro?s call for a review of the power rates being charged by Meralco and GSIS President Winston Garcia?s efforts to take over the management of Meralco, several natural disasters in the Philippines and other parts of the world that resulted in loss of lives and destruction of properties (e.g., especially the aftermath of Typhoon Frank which hit the country in late June 2008), the investigations into the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars by the House of Representatives and the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI), the worsening global food crisis, the continuing increase in oil and food prices, the depreciation of the local currency, and sustained calls for further wage increases and fare hikes. – GMANews.TV

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