SWS: 3 of 5 Pinoys agree ‘only poor drug pushers are getting killed’

October 2, 2017 - 5:22 PM
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The results of the June 23-26 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey indicate that 3 out of 5 Filipinos agree that only poor drug pushers are killed, while 3 out of 4 say President Rodrigo Duterte should divulge his list of drug personalities and charge them in court.

In addition, opinions are split about the truthfulness of police claims of suspects resisting arrest, or termed “nanlaban” in the vernacular.

SWS survey table, only the poor

The survey was fielded on June 23-26, 2017, way before the series of high-profile and controversial deaths, in mid-August and afterward, suffered by the likes of teeners Kian Loyd delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo ‘Kulot’ de Guzman.

Read more by following this link to the article on the SWS web site: June 23-26, 2017 Social Weather Survey: 63% of Pinoys believe there are drug suspects who already surrendered but were still killed

The survey found that 60% agreed (33% strongly agree, 27% somewhat agree) with the statement: “Hindi pinapatay ang mga mayayaman na drug pusher; ang mga pinapatay ay ang mahihirap lamang [Rich drug pushers are not killed; only the poor ones are killed].”

Twenty-three percent disagreed (12% somewhat disagree, 11% strongly disagree) and 17% were undecided.

The highest proportion of those who agreed that only poor drug pushers were killed came from Metro Manila, with 75% (48% strongly agree, 27% somewhat agree) agreeing.

This is followed by Mindanao with 59% agreeing (34% strongly agree, 25% somewhat agree), Balance Luzon with 58% (29% strongly agree, 30% somewhat agree, correctly rounded), and the Visayas with 53% (31% strongly agree, 22% somewhat agree).

Three out of four said PRRD should expose his list of drug personalities and charge them in court. 74% agreed (46% strongly agree, 28% somewhat agree) with the statement: “Dapat isiwalat ni Pang. Duterte ang kanyang listahan ng mga taong sangkot sa droga o ‘drug personalities’ sa publiko at sampahan ng kaso sa korte ang mga nakalista. [Pres. Duterte should expose his list of drug personalities to the public and charge those in the list in court],” while 12% disagreed (7% somewhat disagree, 5% strongly disagree) and 14% were undecided.

Agreement that Pres. Duterte should make his list of drug personalities public and charge those in the list in court was highest in Metro Manila at 82% (51% strongly agree, 31% somewhat agree), followed by Balance Luzon at 75% (44% strongly agree, 31% somewhat agree), Mindanao at 71% (48% strongly agree, 23% somewhat agree), and the Visayas at 69% (46% strongly agree, 23% somewhat agree).

Meanwhile, opinions were split about the truthfulness of police claim of “nanlaban” – that the suspects killed in the anti-illegal drugs campaign really resisted arrest: 25% said the police are telling the truth, 28% said the police are not telling the truth, and the plurality of 48% were unsure whether the police are telling the truth or not.

SWS said the area estimates were weighted by Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2017 to obtain the national estimates. The survey items on the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs are non-commissioned.

They were included on SWS’s own initiative and released as a public service.

SWS employs its own staff for questionnaire design, sampling, fieldwork, data-processing, and analysis, and does not outsource any of its survey operations.