By Ellalyn V. Ruiz
More Filipinos are against the proposed amendment of the 1987 Constitution, based on the Ulat ng Bayan survey conducted by Pulse Asia in the first quarter of this year.
In the nationwide survey conducted from March 23 to 28 with 1,200 respondents, 64 percent are not in favor of amending the 1987 Constitution.
Thirty-two percent said they are open to Charter change sometime in the future but not at present and 32 percent are completely opposed to any amendments, whether now or in any other time.
Pulse Asia said that “majority” levels of opposition to Cha-cha were recorded in all geographic areas and most socio-economic classes (58 percent to 71 percent and 61 percent to 68 percent, respectively).
Half of those in Class E or the poorest (50 percent) share this sentiment. In contrast, 23 percent of Filipinos are supportive of Cha-cha now while the rest (13 percent) are undecided on the issue.
Pulse Asia explained that public support for Cha-cha at present eased by 14 points during the period July 2016 to March 2018, while opposition became more pronounced (+20 percentage points).