Poll reveals 75% dissatisfied with government’s handling of inflation

A recent survey conducted by the OCTA Research group showed that, despite the easing inflation reported in recent months, three in every four Filipinos are dissatisfied with the government’s efforts to control the rising cost of basic commodities.

The survey, conducted from Dec. 10 to 14, found that a record-high 75 percent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with the government’s performance in managing inflation. Only six percent were satisfied, while 19 percent were undecided. This shows a decline in satisfaction compared to a similar survey in October and an increase in dissatisfaction.

While the Philippine Statistics Authority recently reported that headline inflation slowed to a three-year low of 2.8 percent in January, the positive inflation rate still indicates that prices of basic commodities continue to increase. Moreover, satisfaction with the government in terms of reducing poverty also dropped from 29 percent to 14 percent.

In addition to controlling inflation and reducing poverty, dissatisfaction also rose in terms of fighting graft and corruption, ensuring food security, and creating more jobs.

Out of the 24 issues included in the survey, the government obtained its highest satisfaction rating in terms of building public infrastructure, followed by effective response to natural disasters and protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers.

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