Faith important in fight vs. COVID-19, say 9 out of 10 Filipinos — Radio Veritas survey

Published July 14, 2020, 2:58 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Majority of Filipinos believe faith is very important in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, a Veritas Truth Survey (VTS) released Tuesday showed.

People wearing face masks stand and pray outside an empty Quiapo church, usually filled with devotees during Fridays but now closed due to restrictions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Manila on March 27, 2020.

The survey on the importance of faith vis-a-vis COVID-19 showed that 89 percent of respondents (roughly 9 out of 10 Filipinos) believe that faith is “very important” in the fight against the coronavirus, 9 per cent said that it is “important” while 2 per cent said that it is “somewhat important.”

Across geographical areas, respondents from Mindanao (93%) said faith is “very important” followed by those in Luzon at 87 per cent and finally by those in Visayas at 66%.

On the other hand, respondents from Visayas said that faith is “important” at 32 per cent followed by those in Luzon at 10 per cent and finally by those in Mindanao at 5 per cent.

Only 2 to 3 per cent of the respondents among all geographical boundaries said that faith is “somewhat important” ; while no respondent (0%) said that faith is “not important” in our fight against COVID-19.

Bro. Clifford Sorita, Veritas Truth Survey head, said the survey is indicative of the respondents’ desire to conquer fear with faith.

“To fight an ‘invisible enemy’ brings a lot of anxiety and fear. Leaving the safety of our homes will definitely take a lot of courage for most of us. In so doing, we will muster all the strength needed through the gift of faith,” he said in a statement.

Father Anton Pascual, president of Radio Veritas, said the results of the survey showed that most of the respondents believe that God is much bigger than the COVID-19 health crisis.

“They believe that God can surmount all. He is intimately involved in every part of our lives and is concerned with our afflictions. He will never forsake or overlook us,” he said.

Conducted by church-run Radio Veritas from June 20 to July 10, the survey used a stratified sample of 1,200 respondents nationwide for a +/- 3% margin of error.

Information was gathered through text-based and online data gathering processes.