President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Amid missing some public events that raised doubts about his health condition, about five in 10 Filipinos believe that President Rodrigo Duterte has health problems, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
In the nationwide survey conducted on Sept. 15-23 among 1,200 respondents, SWS found that 45 percent of Filipinos believe (17 percent strongly believe and 28 percent somewhat believe), and 26 percent do not believe (10 percent somewhat do not believe and 16 percent strongly do not believe), that President Duterte has health problems.
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Meanwhile, 29 percent were undecided about the issue.
SWS pointed out that the belief that President Duterte has health problems is stronger in Metro Manila, urban areas, upper classes, and among those with higher educational attainment.
In particular, net belief (percent of those who believe minus percent of those who do not believe) that the President has health problems was highest in Metro Manila at +31 (53 percent believe, 23 percent do not believe), followed by the rest of Luzon at +21 (45 percent believe, 24 percent do not believe), Visayas at +14 (45 percent believe, 31 percent do not believe), and Mindanao at +12 (39 percent believe, 27 percent do not believe).
It was higher in overall urban areas (+29), compared to overall rural areas (+12).
It was also higher in class D or “masa” (+21) and upper-to-middle class ABC (+19) than in class E or the “poorest” (+8).
Furthermore, it was higher among high school graduates (+27) and college graduates (+27), compared to non-elementary graduates (+14) and elementary graduates (+8) [Chart 10].
The respondents were also asked, “How worried are you that President Rodrigo Duterte will have health problems?”
SWS found 55 percent of Filipinos are worried (18 percent worried a great deal and 38 percent somewhat worried) and 44 percent are not worried (22 percent are not too worried and 23 percent are not worried at all) that the President will have health problems.
The proportion of those who worry (percent who worried a great deal and percent who somewhat worried) that President Duterte will have health problems was highest in Mindanao at 61 percent, followed by Metro Manila at 59 percent, rest of Luzon at 53 percent, and Visayas at 51 percent.
Half to majority across socio-demographics, ranging from 48 to 61 percent, worry that President Duterte will have health problems.
During the same survey period, 61 percent said President Duterte’s state of health is a public matter “that is why the public should be informed of everything about this.”
Meanwhile, 33 percent said the President’s state of health is a private matter and the public does not need to be informed of everything about it.
The proportion of those who said President Duterte’s state of health is a public matter was highest in Visayas at 65 percent, followed by Mindanao at 63 percent, rest of Luzon at 59 percent, and Metro Manila at 58 percent.
SWS said this is also the dominant opinion across socio-demographics, ranging from 57 to 68 percent.
By Ellalyn de Vera-Ruiz
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