SWS: Most Filipinos disagree that the Chinese gov't has good intentions

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — The Duterte administration has constantly tried to assure Filipinos that the country will benefit from closer ties to China.

But according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), most Filipinos disagree that the Chinese government has good intentions for Filipinos.

The Fourth Quarter 2018 SWS survey, conducted between December 16 to 19, asked Filipinos for their opinion on the statement "Most of what the Chinese government wants to happen in the Philippines is good for Filipinos."

The survey found that 44 percent of Filipinos disagreed with the statement, 27 percent agreed, and 29 percent remained undecided.

This led to an agreement score of -17, classified by the SWS as moderately weak.

Based on region, net agreement on the intentions of China was at a neutral -1 score in Visayas. Net agreement was moderately weak in Mindanao (-19), Metro Manila (-20) and in areas of Luzon outside of Metro Manila that is referred to as Balance Luzon (-23).

The survey was conducted trough face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults nationwide, 360 each from Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao.

It has a sampling error of ±2.6% for national percentages, and ±5% for regional percentages.