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VP Leni’s rating is OK

January 3, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 31, 2016   The net satisfaction ratings of all of the top five officials of government—the president, the vice president, the Senate president, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the chief justice—were slightly lower in December 2016 than in September 2016, as polled by […]

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Mixed feelings

January 3, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 24, 2016   To understand public opinion, one should accept whatever are the people’s honest responses to a set of survey questions, and have faith that there is an internal logic, conscious or unconscious, behind the responses. From the responses, one tries to discover, and to […]

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A honeymoon with misgivings

January 3, 2017

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 17, 2016   The net +64 and net +63 satisfaction ratings of Rodrigo Duterte in his first and second quarters of office are quite normal for a new president.  A honeymoon is not quickly halted as soon as the new spouses discover some things about each […]

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While waiting for new data

December 12, 2016

THE SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) December 3, 2016   Events of November have made many people impatient for fresh data on public opinion. How can one cope in between the regular quarterly rounds of the Social Weather Survey? The Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEI). This is issued every weekday.  It is […]

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The US election shock

December 12, 2016

THE SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 19, 2016   The entire community (almost) of American pollsters was shocked by the presidential election’s outcome. After two days, Nate Silver, my favorite summarizer, scrambled: “Why FiveThirtyEight gave Trump a better chance than almost anyone else.”  His final forecast gave Donald Trump a 29-percent chance […]

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Unrealistic official poverty

November 29, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 12, 2016   Accuracy in measuring the change in poverty over time and measuring the scale of poverty at a point in time are two different things. Last week, in “The poverty drop was anticipated” (11/5/16), I said that, long before the Philippine Statistics Authority’s new […]

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The poverty drop was anticipated

November 7, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) November 5, 2016   Last Oct. 27, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released its newest report on poverty, stating that 16.5 percent of families were officially poor in 2015, compared to 19.7 percent in 2012. The report also provided the percentages of poor families in two earlier […]

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Trust in the US versus China

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 22, 2016   The very high trust of Filipinos in the United States has always been taken for granted.  In the latest Social Weather Stations survey of Sept. 23-27, 2016, 76 percent said they had much trust in the United States, 11 percent said they had […]

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Poverty at historic low

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 15, 2016   Last Thursday, Oct. 13, SWS released the report, “Third Quarter Social Weather Survey: Families rating themselves as Mahirap or Poor fell to new record-low 42%; Families Food-Poor fall to new record-low 30%.” The 42 percent Self-Rated Poverty (SRP) broke the old record of […]

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New SWS surveys

October 28, 2016

SOCIAL CLIMATE by Mahar Mangahas (Philippine Daily Inquirer) October 8, 2016   SWS began reporting on two new surveys this week. Last Wednesday was the opening presentation of the 2016 Survey of Enterprises on Corruption, given in cooperation with the National Competitiveness Council.  In coming weeks, there will be presentations in Metro Angeles, Cavite-Laguna-Batangas, Metro […]

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