Almost 60% of Filipinos say the cost of goods worsened in the current administration

Almost 60% of Filipinos say the cost of goods worsened in the current administration
Almost 60% of Filipinos say the cost of goods worsened in the current administration

Nearly 60% of Filipinos said the price of commodities worsened in the Marcos, Jr. administration, compared to the previous administration, public opinion research firm WR Numero reported (See Figure 1).  

In its inaugural Philippine Public Opinion Monitor (The Opinion Monitor), WR Numero found that only 14.6% of Filipinos say that prices of basic goods improved when asked to compare between the current administration and the term of former president Rodrigo Duterte (2016-2022). The other 26.4% said it was unchanged (See Figure 1). 

This was consistent across all voter partisanship with administration supporters (51.68%), opposition supporters (60.53%), independent voters (63.16%), and unsure voters (65.8%) saying prices of goods worsened (See Figure 2).

It was revealed that 46.5% of Filipinos also found that poverty worsened. About 10% said it improved, while the remaining 43.6% said there were no changes (See Figure 1). 

About 40% of administration supporters agreed that poverty worsened, while almost 50% said it was unchanged. Meanwhile, opposition supporters (55.6%), independent voters (53.49%), and unsure voters (49.39%) said poverty had indeed worsened (See Figure 2).

In the same survey, WR Numero also found that half of Filipinos said that the livelihood and employment (53.1%) and salary situation (50.7%) neither improved nor worsened in the current administration. Only 26.1% and 30.5% said it became better, while the remaining 20.8% and 18.8% said it worsened, respectively (See Figure 1).

Half of the respondents who identified as administration supporters also found that the livelihood and employment (55.08%), and salary (50.41%) situation is unchanged in the current administration (See Figure 2). 

This nationally-representative survey is conducted face-to-face every quarter among 1,457 Filipino adults, aged 18 years old and above, across the country between 24 November and 24 December 2023. The nationwide survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 99% confidence level. At the sub-national level, the estimates for error margin are ± 9% for the National Capital Region, ± 5% for the rest of Luzon, ± 8% for Visayas, and ± 7% for Mindanao at a similar 99% confidence level. No individual or entity, partisan or otherwise, has singularly commissioned the independent survey.

These findings form part of WR Numero’s flagship public opinion research initiative, the Philippine Public Opinion Monitor on the WR Numero website (www.wrnumero.com). A full report is available to the public on the same date discussing in detail the results of the survey as well as its methodology.

The Opinion Monitor aims to further enrich the Philippine polling landscape by pioneering a survey design that focuses on tracking Filipino voters’ political attitudes and preferences according to partisanship and voter type. This innovation introduces novel demographic groupings that matter most to understanding and analyzing trends in political and social behavior. It also gives attention to new demographic groups, such as different age groups (youth, adult, and senior) and genders (heterosexual, LGBTQIA+, etc.)

Index of Figures 

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Figure 1: Comparative Assessment of President Duterte’s Administration (2016-2022) and President Marcos Jr.’s Administration (2022-Present)
Figure 1: Comparative Assessment of President Duterte’s Administration (2016-2022) and President Marcos Jr.’s Administration (2022-Present)
Figure 2: Comparative Assessment of President Duterte’s Administration (2016-2022) and President Marcos Jr.’s Administration (2022-Present) by Self-Identified Partisanship
Figure 2: Comparative Assessment of President Duterte’s Administration (2016-2022) and President Marcos Jr.’s Administration (2022-Present) by Self-Identified Partisanship