OCTA survey shows fewer Filipinos approve of govt's pandemic response, willing to get vaccinated

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 11) Only 17% of Filipinos "truly approve" of the government's COVID-19 response, according to results of a nationwide survey released by OCTA Research on Thursday.

The figure is 13 percentage points lower than the approval rating in July.

Meanwhile, 33% said they "somewhat approve," down from 50% in July.

Willingness to get vaccinated

OCTA's Tugon ng Masa poll also showed that 61% of Filipinos are willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, down by 5 percentage points from four months ago.

Meanwhile, 22% are unwilling, and 18% are undecided.

The survey found that 65% of those who decided not to have themselves vaccinated said they are not sure about the safety of vaccines, 14% are unsure about the vaccine efficacy, 9% have preexisting conditions, 7% believe there is no need for a COVID-19 vaccine, and 5% claim the shots can kill. Meanwhile, 4% mentioned they have fears of injections or vaccinations and 3% said they do not leave the house so they do not need the shots.

OCTA said the numbers did not add up to 100% as they were rounded off.

The survey was conducted from Sept. 11 to 16 among 1,200 adults nationwide. The survey period had an "impact" on results of the poll as it was conducted when the country was reeling from a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, OCTA Research fellow Ranjit Rye noted in a briefing.

The survey had ±3 margin of error.