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Duterte's satisfaction rating reaches new record-high

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte gets a new record satisfaction rating of 'excellent,' with 82% of Filipinos saying they are satisfied with his performance as Chief Executive

PERSONAL BEST. President Rodrigo Duterte wraps up 2019 with a new high in public satisfaction rating. Malacañang photo

44% of Filipinos satisfied with Robredo's work as ICAD co-chair

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM

A near majority of Filipinos agree that the removal Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chief 'is an admission by the administration that its [drug] war is failing,' says the Social Weather Stations

LESSONS AS ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo presents her findings and recommendation on the Duterte administration's anti-drug drive, after she briefly served as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by OVP

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Big majority of Filipinos believe 'ninja cops' operate in PNP

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey finds that 78% of Filipinos believe there are cops who sell illegal drugs confiscated during operations

LAST MESSAGE. Police General Oscar delivers his goodbye message in Camp Crame, where he announced his resignation as the PNP chief following the 'ninja cops' controversy. PNP Photo

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Indonesia's northwest

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The magnitude 6.2 quake strikes at a depth of 20 kilometers just off the coast of Simeulue island, west of Sumatra, says the US Geological Survey

Majority of Filipinos want martial law in Mindanao to expire by end-2019

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:34 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey reports that 65% of Filipinos agree that martial law should end by December 31

A group of Mindanaoans troop to House of Representatives on Wednesday, Decmeber 12, 2018, to protest amid joint congress session to extend Martial Law in Mindanao. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

SWS: 9 in 10 of Filipinos enter 2020 with hope

Dec 29, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Though aspirations are generally high for the new year, the Social Weather Stations finds that hopefulness for 2020 rose in all areas except Mindanao

NEW YEAR. Crowds gather and enjoy the free concert and fireworks display. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pulse Asia: Duterte's approval, trust ratings surge in December 2019

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and approval ratings soar most especially in Balance Luzon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Thanksgiving Party for the beneficiaries of the killed-in-action (KIA) soldiers and killed-in-police operation (KIPO) personnel under the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program at the Malacañan Palace on December 10, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

93% of Filipinos hopeful about 2020

Dec 20, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(UPDATED) Results of the early December survey show 48% of Filipinos also expect the holiday season to be 'more prosperous for them and their families'

HOPE FOR 2020. Results from a recent Pulse Asia survey show nearly all Filipinos are hopeful for the coming new year. Rappler file photo

Japan business confidence drops for 4th straight quarter – Tankan survey

Dec 13, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Bank of Japan's Tankan business survey is considered to be the broadest indicator of how Japan Incorporated is faring

FRENZY. File photo of Pedestrians walking at Tokyo's famouse Shibuya Crossing. Shutterstock.com

Malacañang claims SWS slanted survey on foreign Chinese workers

Dec 06, 2019 - 2:13 PM

The Palace also denies any tension caused by the influx of workers from China even if lawmakers and President Duterte's own advisers have expressed concern about it

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference at the Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

70% of Filipinos ‘worried’ about influx of Chinese workers in PH

Dec 05, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The Social Weather Stations poll also shows 52% of Filipinos agree that the rising number of Chinese working in the Philippines is a 'threat' to the country's security

CHINESE WORKERS. Thousands of Chinese workers are said to be employed by Philippine offhsore gaming operations. Photo by Rappler

China outclasses West in key education survey

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:57 AM

The survey showed students in the 4 Chinese regions of Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang – as well as Singapore – topped the rankings, ahead of their Western counterparts in reading, mathematics and science

HIGH PERFORMING. File photo of high school students in Beijing, China. Shutterstock.com

Filipinos' trust in China falls to 'bad' as U.S. keeps 'excellent' rating

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:58 PM

A September 2019 Social Weather Stations survey also shows Japan and Australia maintaining its 'very good' trust ratings

LACK OF TRUST. Protesters burned an image of the Chinese dragon and an image of President Duterte during a protest during the 3rd anniversary of the Hague ruling on July 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Satisfaction in Duterte government slips in Q3, but rating still ‘very good’ – survey

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:40 PM

In the September 27-30 SWS survey, the Duterte administration gets the highest net rating in helping the poor, and the lowest in fighting inflation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Majority of Filipinos believe trans women shouldn't use ladies' toilet – SWS

Oct 30, 2019 - 6:16 PM

The Social Weather Stations holds the survey over a month after transgender woman Gretchen Diez was barred from using the ladies' toilet at a Cubao mall

PRIDE. The Philippines holds an annual Pride March, calling on the government to protect LGBT rights. File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

Robredo regains 'good' satisfaction rating – SWS

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The Vice President gets a big lift from Mindanao where her net satisfaction more than doubled

IMPROVING. File photo of Vice President Leni Robredo. Photo by Chari Villegas/OVP

Richest Filipinos rate Duterte 'excellent' as dissatisfaction grows among poor

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:35 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys his highest ever satisfaction rating among Class ABC Filipinos as his rating among poor Filipinos declines, says a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

For the first time, Speaker rates higher than Robredo – Pulse Asia

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, elected as top House leader in July, gets better approval and trust ratings than the Vice President in September

TRUSTED. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano presides over the House session on September 9, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Locsin backtracks on ban vs foreign marine surveys

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr now says he was 'reliably informed' that under international law, countries cannot ban marine surveys

FOR ALL. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says marine surveys in Philippine waters would be open to all countries as long as they seek permission from the Philippines. Presidential Photo

Most Filipinos express 'big trust' in results of 2019 elections – Pulse Asia

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

The results of a June 2019 Pulse Asia survey also show that 91% of Filipinos favor automated elections

CREDIBLE ELECTIONS. Poll watchers prepare the audit log from the vote-counting machines in Araullo High School, Manila on May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

36% of Filipinos want Chinese in Recto Bank incident sanctioned – Pulse Asia

Jul 26, 2019 - 1:02 PM

Moreover, 26% of Filipinos believe China itself must also pay for the injuries suffered by the Filipino crew and damage done to their fishing boat, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey

SANCTIONS SOUGHT. The damaged fishing boat Gem-Ver arrives at the shores of Bgy. San Roque, San Jose Occidental Mindoro on June 15, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

More Filipinos distrust China after Recto Bank incident – survey

Jul 26, 2019 - 11:09 AM

China's overall trust rating among Filipinos sank by 13 percentage points after the incident between a Filipino boat and a Chinese ship in the waters off Palawan

"MARITIME INCIDENT." Fishing boat Gem-vir off the coast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo, Arroyo net satisfaction ratings dip in June – SWS

Jul 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The net satisfaction rating of Senate President Vicente Sotto III stays 'very good,' while Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin's rating remains 'moderate'

DIPPING NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo (3rd from L) and Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (center) both see declines in their respective satisfaction ratings in mid-2019. File photo from OVP

Filipinos' top SONA 2019 issues: Pay hike, lower prices, Philippine sovereignty

Jul 19, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated polls Filipinos on the topics they want President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss or mention in his 4th State of the Nation Address

ASSERT PH VICTORY VS CHINA. Protesters rally near the Presidential Palace ahead of the third anniversary of Philippines' victory over China at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, in Julu 2019.  Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Robredo, Sotto gain approval, trust of more Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

(UPDATED) Former Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remained the least appreciated and trusted top Philippine official in her final week as a public official, according to a Pulse Asia survey

STILL TRUSTED. Vice President Leni Robredo visits Senate President Vicente Sotto III after she personally appeared before the Senate committee on finance for the deliberation of the 2019 budget of her office. File photo by OVP

Duterte trust, approval ratings unchanged after Recto Bank incident

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte maintains his first quarter trust and approval ratings and remains the most trusted government official, according to Pulse Asia's June 2019 survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the "Araw ng Pasasalamat" for the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Malacañang Photo

3 years later, 87% of Filipinos want gov't to assert Hague ruling

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

An equal percentage, also 87%, say that Chinese fishermen who destroy marine resources should be arrested

ASSERT RIGHTS. Protesters condemn China's harassment against Filipinos in the West Philippine Sea on July 12, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

93% of Filipinos want PH to regain China-occupied islands

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:20 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey shows 93% of Filipino adults think 'it is important that the Philippines regain control of the islands occupied by China in the West Philippine Sea'

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Protesters on June 22, 2019, show support for Filipino fishermen whose boat was sunk by a Chinese ship in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

At midterm mark, Duterte scores his highest satisfaction rating

Jul 08, 2019 - 5:05 PM

After the Recto Bank incident dominates news headlines, 80% of Filipinos say they are satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's performance

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urges Asian nations to take a collective action to tackle global challenges in his address during the Nikkei's 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan on May 31, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Inflation, water crisis weaken consumer outlook in Q2 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Consumers were pessimistic, but businesses were upbeat for the 2nd quarter of 2019, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas surveys

7 in 10 Filipinos choose religion over science – global study

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:02 PM

According to the Wellcome Global Monitor 2018, the Philippines is among 19 countries 'where people most likely have high trust' in scientists

'Record-low' number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor in Q1 2019

Jun 19, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Based on the results of the March 2019 SWS survey, 9.5 million families consider themselves poor, down from 11.6 million families in December 2018

URBAN POOR. An elder brother cooks food for his siblings near their shelter along NIA Road in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit

86% of internet users admit being duped by fake news – survey

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:10 PM

The United States takes the lion's share of the blame for spreading fake news, followed by Russia and China, according to the annual Ipsos survey of more than 25,000 internet users in 25 countries

FAKE NEWS. Students of Unified Educational Centers (CEU) attend a lesson on 'Fake News: access, security and veracity of information', in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 21, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol/AFP


Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks El Salvador – USGS

May 30, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Officials say the earthquake was so strong it was likely felt throughout Central America

Strong magnitude 8 earthquake hits Peru

May 26, 2019 - 4:43 PM

(5th UPDATE) At least 26 are reported injured, roads are blocked, and a bridge is damaged, according to an assessment cited by Peru's President Martin Vizcarra

Handout picture released by the Peruvian Fire Department showing a house damaged by an 8.0 earthquake in Yurimaguas, Peru, early on May 26. - A strong 8.0-earthquake struck northern Peru in the early hours of Sunday, sending residents fleeing their homes and cutting off power to at least one town, with the impact felt as far afield as neighbouring Ecuador. There were no immediate reports of injuries following the quake which the US Geological Survey said struck at a depth of 110 km (68 miles). (Photo by HO / Peru's Fire Department / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PERU'S FIRE DEPARTMENT / HO" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Filipinos block people online over political views – U.S. think tank

May 19, 2019 - 12:30 PM

But Filipinos are also the most 'comfortable' with discussing politics both offline and online among 11 emerging economies surveyed

A Pew Research Center survey shows Filiipinos have blocked people online due to their political beliefs.

[OPINYON] Pakibulong... sa mga wala pang iboboto

May 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Higit sa youth vote, ang pinakamahalagang magagawa isang araw bago ang eleksiyon ay youth campaign – kailangang padaluyin ang paghahangad sa pagbabago

Only 9 party-list groups have support of 2% of voters – Pulse Asia survey

May 11, 2019 - 4:40 PM

ACT-CIS, AKO Bicol, and Bayan Muna may get the maximum of 3 seats each in the House of Representatives if polls were held from May 3 to 6, the survey period of the final Pulse Asia preelection survey

ELECTIONS. Voters look for their names in voters' lists during the 2016 elections. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cynthia Villar dislodges Grace Poe as Senate race front-runner – Pulse Asia

May 11, 2019 - 9:46 AM

With just days to go before election day, only 3 in 10 registered voters have a complete slate of 12 candidates, according to the final preelection survey of Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated

SENATE RACE FRONT-RUNNER. Reelectionist Senator Cynthia Villar on the campaign trail. Photo from the Office of Sen. Cynthia Villar

70% of Filipinos will support candidates who push for higher tobacco taxes – Pulse Asia

May 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The Pulse Asia survey also shows 75% of Filipinos believe taxes on cigarettes should be raised

NO SMOKING. In this file photo, a Department of Health employee pastes an anti-smoking sticker on a public utility bus' windshield during the DOH's no smoking campaign on June 17, 2010. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte gov’t hits record-high satisfaction rating in Q1 – poll

May 04, 2019 - 9:51 AM

(UPDATED) Filipinos are most satisfied with the government’s efforts to help the poor and least satisfied with its fight against inflation, according to the First Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey of Social Weather Stations

CABINET MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacanang Palace on April 1, 2019. Presidential Photo

A month before polls, 76% of Filipinos 'aware' of party-list system – survey

May 03, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The level of awareness is highest among voters in Metro Manila and lowest in the Visayas, according to a Pulse Asia survey held in from April 10 to 14

VOTERS. Early morning voters at Bagumbayan Elementary School in Taguig City during the 2016 elections. File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Lust for violence

May 02, 2019 - 8:33 PM

'Duterte’s high satisfaction rating will only take a negative turn when we're able to successfully curb the capacity for violence that has been awakened in us'

Background photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler; Duterte photo from Malacañang

Wiped out opposition? Latest survey fuels fear of return to pre-Martial Law

May 01, 2019 - 4:16 PM

In 1967, Ninoy Aquino was the only opposition to win a seat in the Senate. The latest Pulse Asia survey has only his nephew, Bam Aquino, joining the winning circle.

OPPOSITION. Ninoy Aquino and nephew Bam Aquino find themselves in similar situations as the opposition lags behind administration bets in Philippine senatorial elections. Photo of Bam Aquino by Angie de Silva/Rappler and photo of Ninoy Aquino from the Presidential Museum and Library Flickr account

Villar, Poe share top spot among Senate bets in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 30, 2019 - 12:56 PM

(UPDATED) The results of the Pulse Asia survey show voters' preference for Senator Cynthia Villar at 51.7%, slightly higher but statistically tied with Senator Grace Poe's 50.5%

[OPINYON] Ano ang silbi ng survey?

Apr 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Hindi ako mangingiming bumoto sa kandidato kahit naghahabol sa survey, kung iyon ang pinag-isipan ko matapos ang katakot-takot na konsiderasyon, pangunahin na ang may integridad at kakayahang maglingkod sa bayan

Bayan Muna leads party-list groups in Pulse Asia survey

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The results of the March survey also show that 7 in 10 Filipinos are aware of the party-list system

CAMPAIGN. Bayan Muna has topped the survey on voters' preference for party-list groups vying for seats in the House of Representatives in the May 2019 elections. Photo from the Facebook page of Bayan Muna

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Apr 25, 2019 - 5:34 PM

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Robredo’s net satisfaction rating soars in March – SWS

Apr 24, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's net satisfaction rating jumps to a 'good' +42 in March from a 'moderate' +27 in December 2018

RATING UP. Vice President Leni Robredo shows a 15-point increase in her net satisfaction rating, according to a SWS survey released on her 54th birthday on April 23, 2019. Photo by OVP