70 percent of Pinoys worried about rising number of Chinese workers in PH: SWS

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 05 2019 07:55 PM | Updated as of Dec 05 2019 10:30 PM

MANILA - Majority of Filipinos are concerned about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the country, according to a Social Weather Stations poll.

The September 27 to 30 survey of 1,800 adults showed that 70 percent of adult Filipinos are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the country.

The survey asked three questions about the presence of foreign Chinese workers in the country.

For the question “How many are the foreign Chinese working in your locality?”, only 19 percent said there are "somewhat many" foreign Chinese workers in their locality, while 25 percent said there are a "few," and 44 percent said there are "almost none."

For the question “How worried are you about the increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines?”, 31 percent said they are "worried a great deal" about the increasing number of foreign Chinese workers in the country, while 39 percent said they are "somewhat worried."

For the same question, 19 percent said they are "not too worried" and 11 percent said they are "not worried at all."

For the question “How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: ‘The increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines is a threat to the country’s overall security," 27 percent "strongly agree" with the statement, while 25 percent "somewhat agree" with it.

Among those who said there are "very many" foreign Chinese workers in their locality, 84 percent are "worried" about them. This is higher than the 78 percent worried among those who said there are "somewhat many" foreign Chinese workers in in their locality, the 60 percent worried among those who see "a few" Chinese workers, and the 69 percent worried among those who see "almost none."

The survey also found that among those who see "very many" foreign Chinese workers in their locality, majority or 66 percent agree that this increasing number of Chinese workers is a threat to the national security.

For the same issue, 24 percent disagree, while 10 percent are undecided on the matter.

This gives a net agreement score of +41, classified by SWS as "very strong."

Among those who are "worried a great deal" about the presence of foreign Chinese workers in the country, the net agreement is an "extremely strong" +51. This figure is higher than the "very strong" +35 among those who are "somewhat worried" and the "neutral" -5 among those who are "not too worried."

The survey, likewise, showed net agreement that the increasing number of foreign Chinese workers in the country is a threat to national security is highest in Metro Manila at a "very strong: +38, followed by Balance Luzon at "moderately strong" +27.

Net agreement in Visayas and Mindanao are at "moderately strong," with +15 and +21, respectively.

The September survey had sampling error margins of ±2.3 percent for national percentages, and ±4 percent each for Balance Luzon and Mindanao, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila and Visayas.