Support for PUV modernization divided among Filipinos

Support for PUV modernization divided among Filipinos
Support for PUV modernization divided among Filipinos

Filipinos are divided over their support for the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program with 46% saying either they “disagree” or “strongly disagree,” with the program in the first quarter of the year, public opinion research firm WR Numero reported (See Figure 1). 

This is close to the 43% share of Filipinos who either “agree” or “strongly agree” with the Jeepney Modernization Program, WR Numero found in its Philippine Public Opinion Monitor (The Opinion Monitor) Volume II, Issue 1. The remaining 11% said they were unsure (See Figure 1).

There is a higher share of respondents in Metro Manila (54%) and the Rest of Luzon (5%) who expressed disagreement with the program. Conversely, This is in contrast with respondents in Mindanao and Visayas where 55% and 50% expressed support for the modernization of jeepneys, respectively (See Figure 2).

Support for the program is high among those belonging to socioeconomic Class ABC (55%), but relatively lower among those in Class D (35.4%). Meanwhile, respondents in Class E are divided with 44% agreeing and 44% disagreeing with the program (See Figure 3). 

Opinion on the modernization scheme is also divided across age groups and sex. Over the same quarter, 46% of respondents aged 30 years old and below, 46% of those aged 31-59, and 45% of those aged 60 years old and above said they were not in favor of the program. This is against 43%, 44%, and 42% who were supportive of the program, respectively. (see Figure 4). Similarly, 45% of female and 46% of male respondents were not in favor of the program, while 45% of female and 41% of male respondents were in favor (See Figure 5).

In the same report, WR Numero found that more respondents who identified as Administration Supporters (51%) and Opposition Supporters (57%) disagreed with the program (See Figure 6). 

The portion of respondents identifying with the left-wing ideology who do not support the program is also higher at 55% against 34% who agreed with it. Similarly, 49% of self-identified Centrists disagreed with the program. Right-wing supporters (58%) supported the program, while those who were unsure were divided (See Figure 7).

The Opinion Monitor asked respondents to identify their partisanship (Administration Supporter, Opposition Supporter, Independent, or Unsure) as well as their ideology (Left-wing, Right-wing, Centrist, and Unsure).

This nationally-representative survey was conducted face-to-face among 1,765 Filipino adults, aged 18 years old and above, across the country between 12 and 24 March 2024. The nationwide survey has a ±2% error margin at the 95% confidence level. At the sub-national level, the estimates for error margin are ±6% for the National Capital Region, ±5% for the Rest of Luzon, ±5% for Visayas, and 5% for Mindanao at a similar confidence level. No individual or entity, partisan or non-partisan, has singularly commissioned the independent survey.

The Opinion Monitor aims to further enrich the Philippine polling landscape by pioneering a survey design with a specialized focus on tracking Filipino voters’ political attitudes and preferences, introducing novel demographic groupings. These new demographic groupings matter most to understanding and analyzing trends in political and social behavior. The Opinion Monitor features poll findings segmented according to partisanship (Administration, Opposition, Unsure), OFW-remittance receiving households or otherwise, voter type, age groups (youth, adult, and senior), sexual orientation (heterosexual, LGBTQIA+, etc.), self-identified ideology (Right, Left, Center), and media use (TV, radio, social media).

Index of Figures 

Hi-resolution files are available for download  at https://tinyurl.com/wrnppom-0501 

Figure 1: Views on the PUV Modernization Program
Figure 1: Views on the PUV Modernization Program
Figure 2: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Area
Figure 2: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Area
Figure 3: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Income Class
Figure 3: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Income Class
Figure 4: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Age
Figure 4: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Age
Figure 5: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Sex
Figure 5: Views on the PUV Modernization Program by Sex