Nearly two out of five Filipinos or 39 percent agree that the Philippines should find ways to do business with China despite an ongoing dispute over some parts of the South China Sea, a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.
In partnership with “Bilang Pilipino”, SWS also said that more Filipinos disagreed that mining was more beneficial than harmful.
In the March 23 survey, results of which were posted on Wednesday, March 30, the SWS said while 39 percent agreed, 28 percent disagreed with the statement: “The Philippines should find ways to do business with China, regardless of what happens in the South China Sea
(Dapat maghanap ang Pilipinas ng mga paraan sa pakikipag-negosyo sa China anuman ang mangyari sa South China Sea).”
Of the total, 13 percent strongly agreed (talagang sumasang-ayon), 26 percent somewhat agreed (medyo sumasang-ayon), 26 percent were undecided if agree or disagree (hindi tiyak kung sumasang-ayon o hindi sumasang-ayon), 12 percent somewhat disagreed (medyo hindi sumasang-ayon), 16 percent strongly disagreed (Talagang hindi sumasang-ayon), and 7 percent didn’t know (hindi alam).
This meant a “moderate” net agreement score of +11 (39% strongly/somewhat agree minus 28% strongly/somewhat disagree).
SWS classifies net agreement of +50 and above as “very strong”; +30 to +49, “strong”; +10 to +29, “moderate”, +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “weak”; -50 and below, “very weak.”
Net agreement with finding ways to do business with China regardless of what happens in the South China Sea was highest in Balance Luzon at moderate +19 (43 percent agree, 24 percent disagree), a neutral +9 in Mindanao (35 percent agree, 26 percent disagree), a neutral +1 in Visayas (35 percent agree, 33 percent disagree), and neutral net zero in Metro Manila (37 percent agree, 37 percent disagree).
It was a moderate +15 among men (41 percent agree, 26 percent disagree), and neutral +6 among women (37 percent agree, 30 percent disagree).
The SWS survey also found that to the statement, “Overall, mining provides more benefit than harm [Sa kabuuan, ang pagmimina ay nakakapagdulot ng mas maraming kabutihan kaysa kasamaan],” 9 percent strongly agreed, 19 percent somewhat agreed, 15 percent were undecided, 20 percent somewhat disagreed, and 31 percent strongly disagreed.
It said this meant a poor net agreement of -22 (28 percent strongly/somewhat agree minus 50 percent strongly/somewhat disagree).
Net agreement that mining was more beneficial than harmful was a weak -38 in Mindanao (19 percent agree, 56 percent disagree), poor -22 in Visayas (28 percent agree, 50 percent disagree), a poor -19 in Metro Manila (30 percent agree, 49 percent disagree), and a poor -15 in Balance Luzon (33 percent agree, 48 percent disagree).
SWS said such a sentiment was poor among both men and women, at -25 (27 percent agree, 52 percent disagree) for men and -20 (29 percent agree, 49 percent disagree) for women.
For the March 23 Bilang Pilipino SWS Mobile Survey, 776 or 65 percent of the 1,200 original panel respondents responded.
These are 198 in Metro Manila, 176 in Balance Luzon, 214 in Visayas and 188 in Mindanao, for sampling error margins of ±4 percent for national percentages, and ±7 percent in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.