Television remains leading source of information on politics in PH — Pulse Asia
MANILA, Philippines — Television remains the Filipino adults’ leading source of information about the government and politics, according to the latest survey of Pulse Asia released on Tuesday.
According to Pulse Asia, 91 percent of Filipino adults said that they get their political news from the television, with 82 percent citing national television and 25 percent mentioning local television.
Meanwhile, radio is the news source for 49 percent of Filipino adults.
Forty-eight percent of the respondents get their news about government and politics from the internet, particularly Facebook.
Furthermore, 37 percent cited friends and/or relatives as their news source, while 25 percent mentioned friends and/or acquaintances.
Newspaper is a source of political information of only three percent of respondents, the survey showed.
“Majorities in the different geographic areas and socio-economic groupings obtain their news about the country’s politics and government from television (87% to 93% and 86% to 94%, respectively), particularly national television (75% to 89% and 76% to 87%, respectively),” Pulse in the survey results.
“Radio is a source of the political news of most Visayans (67%), Mindanawons (64%), and those in Class E (55%). More specifically, local radio is cited by small to sizeable majorities in the Visayas (63%) and Mindanao (58%),” it added.
The internet, the polling firm noted, is mentioned as a news source by 72 percent of Metro Manila residents, 55 percent of those in the rest of Luzon, and 60 percent of those in classes A to C.
“From June 2021 to September 2021, there is an increase in the percentage of Filipino adults citing radio as their source of news regarding the country’s government and politics (+5 percentage points),” Pulse Asia said.
“In contrast, there is a drop in the percentages of those whose sources of political news are their family and/or relatives (-6 percentage points) and friends and/or acquaintances (-8 percentage points),” it added.
Pulse Asia said the survey involved 2,400 respondents aged 18 and above and has a ±2 percent error margin. The survey fieldwork was conducted from September 6 to 11 using face-to-face interviews.
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