From December 6-14, 2020, iOptions Ventures conducted the first online edition of its nationwide opinion polling called Sukat ng Bayan. As this year ends and with the holiday season now taking place during a pandemic, this survey aimed to know the public’s stance on a variety of topics that affected the lives of Filipinos this 2020. This survey also sought to find out how they intend to celebrate the most awaited holiday season this year and welcome the new year, while still on community quarantine due to the pandemic.
This survey reached and asked 3,198 respondents from all over the Philippines questions about the upcoming holiday season, their current economic situation and outlook, perceptions on current political and governance landscape, and COVID-19 related concerns in the country.
This independent, non-commissioned study employed convenience sampling due to the current limitations on mobility, which made fieldwork and face-to-face data gathering for representative sampling impractical and risky. With convenience sampling employed for this survey, the researchers used Facebook as its main recruitment channel in order to reach the widest audience. In view of this, results from this online survey shall not be construed as representative of the Filipino population.
The survey revealed the following key insights:
Sadder Christmas this year, but respondents remain hopeful for the new year
Tuloy pa rin ang Pasko: Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are top holiday traditions to be practiced this year
Majority of respondents experienced hunger in 2020; Only one in every 10 respondents have other income sources even before COVID-19 pandemic hit
Respondents’ incomes decreased, while expenses, debt increased due to the pandemic
Majority of the respondents reported that they are Poor; quality of life worsened this 2020
Majority of respondents satisfied with performance of presidential office and police force, gov’t response to consecutive typhoons in Luzon; DepEd, DOH receive highest dissatisfaction rating among national government agencies (NGAs)
President Rodrigo Duterte is the only national official with majority satisfaction and trust ratings; Respondents also satisfied with provincial and local governments’ respective COVID-19 response
Respondents are divided on planned limited face-to-face classes in areas with low/zero COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 vaccination, but majority do not favor resumption of tourism for both Pinoys and foreigners
‘Yorme’ top choice for President (unaided and aided) and VP (aided) in 2022; BBM tops VP race (aided)
Reelectionists and former senators dominate 2022 Senate race
Read the full report below.