OCTA: Filipinos ‘least satisfied’ with government response to poverty, inflation

Filipinos are least satisfied with how the government is addressing poverty and inflation out of the 24 issues covered in the March 2023 OCTA Research survey.

According to the results of the "Tugon ng Masa" non-commissioned survey, which was conducted from March 24 to 28, “less than 50 percent” of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the national government's efforts to reduce poverty (38 percent) and control the prices of basic goods and services or manage inflation (35 percent).

Meanwhile, a “great majority” or at least 75 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the government’s initiatives to provide quality primary and secondary education (82 percent); provide quality tertiary and technical/vocational education (80 percent); respond to natural disasters and calamities (80 percent); develop public infrastructure (79 percent); protect the welfare of OFWs (79 percent), provide quality and affordable healthcare (76 percent); and protect human rights (75 percent).

(OCTA Research Tugon ng Masa survey)

The following list includes Filipinos' satisfaction with the government's response to other important issues.

Promoting of peace and order in the country (73 percent)

Improving of foreign relations (73 percent)

Fighting criminality (68 percent)

Stopping environmental destruction and abuse (68 percent)

Defending territorial integrity of the Philippines against foreigners (68 percent)

Preparing effective measures to counter any terrorist threat (67 percent)

Enforcing the law (65 percent)

Ensuring food security or access to affordable food (63 percent)

Helping the poor (63 percent)

Preventing the spread of illegal drugs (60 percent)

Creating more jobs (57 percent)

Controlling population growth (54 percent)

Reducing hunger (53 percent)

Fighting graft and corruption (52 percent)

Reducing the amount of taxes (52 percent)

The Tugon ng Masa survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adult respondents nationwide and has margins of error of +/-3 percent for national percentages and +/-6 percent for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.