Seventy-two percent of Filipinos hope that President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will focus on addressing economic issues during his six-year term, according to the PUBLiCUS Asia survey conducted from June 16 to 22.
The 2022 Pahayag 2nd quarter survey asked 1,500 respondents to select the three most important issues that the next president should focus on.
In the survey results released on Wednesday, June 29, 72 percent chose economy as the top important issue that the next president should focus on, followed by jobs (53 percent), and education (32 percent).
“Economic development, job creation, and education reform are not issues that can be completely addressed over the course of 100 days. However, public perception on the Marcos Jr. administration could be expected to remain relatively positive if these top-of-mind issues are prioritized by the incoming president and his team during their first few months in office,” PUBLiCUS executive director Aureli Sinsuat said in a statement.
In the same survey, the respondents were asked, “Using the rating scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is very poorly, 3 is neither poorly nor well, and 5 is very well, select the option that would best describe how you expect (Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos) to perform during the first 100 days of the incoming administration.”
Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they expect Marcos to perform “well” or “very well” during his first 100 days as president.
Fourteen percent said they expect him to perform “poorly” or “very poorly,” while 11 percent said they expect him to perform “neither poorly nor well.”
Only 7 percent were unsure about their answer.
“Our survey suggests that roughly two out of three Filipinos expect President Bongbong Marcos to perform well during the first 100 days of his presidency. President Marcos Jr. will have to hit the ground running from day one to live up to these high expectations,” Sinsuat said.
Continuation of Duterte admin programs
Sinsuat also noted that the continuation of five landmark Duterte administration programs earned majority support among the respondents.
Seventy-nine percent said they approve of the continuation of the Build, Build, Build program—the highest approval rating registered among the 14 issues tested on the survey.
Seventy-three percent said they support the continuation of the war on illegal drugs, while 68 percent support the continuation of independent foreign policy.
Meanwhile, 64 percent said they support the continuation of the “Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao transition.”
The continuation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict earned an approval rating of 56 percent.
“Considering President Duterte’s enduring popularity, it is not surprising that a significant majority of respondents support the continuation of his flagship programs. While the level of policy continuity between the outgoing and incoming administrations remains to be seen, it is reasonable to believe that public opinion on the Marcos Jr. administration will be influenced, at least in part, by its ability to continue and improve upon at least some of the Duterte administration’s more popular flagship programs,” Sinsuat said.