Majority of Filipinos agrees President’s health a public matter – poll

Published April 12, 2021, 9:33 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

A survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Monday, April 12, showed that 65 percent of Filipinos believes that President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of health is a public matter that is why the public should be informed about this.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Meanwhile, 32 percent said the President’s health is a private matter and the public does not need to be informed.

This was the result of the SWS’s national mobile phone survey conducted on Sept. 17-20, 2020 with 1,249 respondents.

SWS pointed out that the view that the President’s state of health is a public matter has always been dominant in its surveys. 

The latest figure is four points above the 61 percent in December 2019 and September 2018.

SWS said the percentage of those who consider President Duterte’s state of health as a public matter is highest in the Visayas (69 percent), followed by Metro Manila (65 percent), and balance Luzon and Mindanao (both at 64 percent).

It is also dominant across the rest of the basic socio-demographics, ranging from 60 percent to 70 percent.

“While they are the minority across the board, those who consider the President’s state of health as a private matter tend to increase with education: they are 22 percent among non-elementary graduates, 28 percent among those with up to some junior high school education, 29 percent among those with up to some vocational education, 38 percent among those with up to some college education, and 37 percent among college graduates,” SWS said.