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SWS: 70% of Pinoys worried about rising number of foreign Chinese workers in PHL


Seventy percent of Filipino adults are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the country, according to the results of the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS).

According to the survey, 31% said they were "worried a great deal" about the increase of foreign Chinese workers in the Philippines; 39% answered that they were "somewhat worried," 19% replied that they "are not too worried," while 11% said they were "not at all worried." 

Results also found that 27% "strongly agreed" and 25% "somewhat agreed" that the increasing number of foreign Chinese workers in the Philippines is a threat to the country's overall security, while 14% "somewhat disagreed" and 13% "strongly disagreed" and 21% were "undecided."

Among the 31% who worried a great deal, 71% agreed that the increasing number of foreign Chinese working here in the Philippines is a threat to the country’s overall security while 20% disagreed, leading to a net agreement score of an extremely strong +51.

Conducted from September 27 to September 30, the survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults who are 18 years old and above nationwide with an error margin of +2.3%.

Meanwhile, 600 each were taken in Balance Luzon and Mindanao with a +4% margin of error each. Metro Manila and Visayas each had 300 samples with an error margin of +6% each.

The area estimates were weighted by Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2019 to obtain the national estimates.  The survey was non-commissioned.

According to the survey, 12% of the respondents said there were "very many" foreign Chinese working in their locality; 19% answered that there were "somewhat many," 25% said there were a "few," while 44% answered there were "almost none."

Chinese foreign workers were most visible in Metro Manila with 43%, followed by Visayas at 37%, Balance Luzon at 28%, and Mindanao at 19%, according to the SWS.

Net agreement of rising workers as a national threat was a very strong +38 in Metro Manila, a moderately strong +27 in Balance Luzon, a moderately strong +21 in Mindanao, and a moderately strong +15 in Visayas. —LDF, GMA News

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