Many Filipinos think it’s dangerous to publish criticisms about Duterte’s govt. — Survey


The latest survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that 51% of Filipinos think it is dangerous to publish critical statements about the Duterte administration.

The polls, carried out between July 03 and 06, said that out of the 51% respondents, 23% said they “strongly agree” and 27% “somewhat agree” with the statement: “It is dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical of the administration, even if it is the truth.”

The remaining 30% of the respondents disagreed, meaning they do not think it is not dangerous to publish anything critical of the current administration, while 18% of them were undecided about the statement.

SWS said the survey results showed a net agreement score of +21, classified by SWS as “moderate.”

This number showed a 10-point decrease compared with a +31 net agreement score, or “strong,” in June 2019 when SWS asked the same question.

It was in July when the House of Representatives’ Legislative Franchises Committee junked ABS-CBN’s bid for franchise renewal.

When SWS previously conducted a survey about the matter, the majority or 56 percent of Filipinos said that the ABS-CBN shutdown was a “major blow” to press freedom.

The research firm noted that the survey was done using a mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI).

A total of 1,555 adult Filipinos (18 years old and above) nationwide participated in the survey. Of the total number of respondents, 306 are from the National Capital Region, 451 from Balance Luzon, 388 from the Visayas, and 410 from Mindanao.

SWS also said the survey has sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, and ±5% for the rest of Luzon, ±5% Visayas and ±5% in Mindanao. (Source: