Pew Global Attitudes

This brief commentary is submitted for the benefit of those obstinate people who believe Mr. Aquino is not doing good things for the nation. The negativists argue anecdotally about his friend Puno or his DAP or anything they can get to the table that can be spun in a critical direction. Then they project that concocted complaint as representative of the WHOLE of Mr. Aquino’s presidency. Well, the simple fact is that Filipinos far and wide have a much better view of their country than a few years ago, and the reason is substantially Mr. Aquino’s OVERALL work.

Now for sure there is a considerable distance to go, but that is because of deeply entrenched cultural and infrastructure issues, and problems in the judiciary and legislature which are not even in Mr. Aquino’s charge. If one is going to condemn the nation’s slow progress, one would have to look most critically at the legislative branch of government where corruption and malaise are rampant. And where nation-building laws languish and those that are crafted take the nation backward (online criminal libel) or require exhaustive re-writing by the Supreme Court . . .

Here is the link to Pew Research on global attitudes, from which the following charts were drawn. You can go there and work the pictures and data further. It is rather fun . . . and instructional . . .


Still a long way to go, but look at how far it has come. Impatience is a positive force for change.


Stunning when you think about all the poverty. People seem to sense, or see, that things are improving.


Philippines rising. Optimism is building.


Trending down. No mystery to that.


Filipinos like the U.S. a lot, suggesting Bayan Muna is totally out of touch with popular sentiments. Note that Japan is down the list a ways and only Italy among EU states is among the top group.


The Philippines is further down the chart in the middle of all nations with a 48% favorable view of China. Note that Malaysia and Indonesia hold favorable impressions of China.



25 Responses to “Pew Global Attitudes”
  1. edgar lores says:

    The viewpoint from China on China on the same questions:

    1. How satisfied are you with the country’s direction?
    Answers: Year 2005 – 88%; year 2013 – 95%.
    – Compared to Filipinos (45%), the Chinese are Pollyannas.
    – Filipinos have a very low opinion – which is not surprising. Free but poor.
    – The Chinese have a very high opinion – which is surprising. Do the Chinese value economic prosperity higher than personal rights? They probably see that personal freedom increases with economic prosperity. But they do appear to be uncritical – or afraid to be critical.
    – Aussies’ 2013 rating is 49%, a little higher but not that much higher than the Filipinos’. And the ratings have gone down from a high of 69% (2003). Australia is no longer the Lucky Country.

    2. Is the country’s economic situation good or bad?
    Answers: Year 2005 – 72%; year 2013 – 85%.
    – Compared to Filipinos (68%), the Chinese are optimists. China’s market economy is still blooming.
    – Australian’s rating is 67%, just a tad below the Philippines.

    3. Do you expect our country’s economic situation to improve, remain the same or worsen in the next year?
    Answers: Year 2008 – 85%; year 2013 – 80%.
    – Compared to Filipinos (36% to 55%), the Chinese are definitely optimists, but their optimism has had a slight downturn. Due to the empty ghost cities?
    – The Philippines’ pessimism has crossed the borderline to optimism.
    – Aussies’ rating has risen slightly from 28% (2008) to 31%. Aussies are worrywarts about money. I know of no other people that are so concerned about finances.

    4. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of China?
    Answers: Year 2005 – 88%; year 2013 – 95%.
    – With respect to China, this is the same as Question 1.
    – The Philippines rating of 48% is lower than Australia’s 58%, which is understandable as China is the country’s best customer.

    5. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable view of the US?
    Answers: Year 2005 – 42%; year 2013 – 40%.
    – The Philippines mirrors China’s slight disappointment, and has gone from a high-high of 90% (2002) to a low-high of 85% (2013).
    – Filipinos are too ridiculously infatuated with America, with a higher view of the country than its neighbors of Canada (64%) and Mexico (66%). Thank God for the countervailing, critical mindedness of Micha, Miriam, Manuel – and Walden Bello.
    – Aussies are less delighted with the US than Filipinos, but there has been a delightful increase from 59% (2003) to 66% today.

    • Joe America says:

      Very interesting comparisons. Those Aussies are tough on themselves I think. My impression of Australia is very upbeat, modern, earnest, well-off economically, working through social issues constructively, a rising power in Asia. I find the Pew numbers to be absolutely fascinating. Take Japan, for instance. There has been an uptick of favorable view of Japan’s direction by Japanese from a fairly consistent low 20’s for 10 years to 33% in 2013. Is this depressed nation seeing nationalism rising? The favorable view of China has collapsed from 55% in 2002 to 5% in 2013. Japanese are generally 70% favorable toward the U.S., +/- 10 points each year.

      Or take drone strikes. The percentage who favor U.S. drone strikes by nationality in 2013:

      Japan 25%
      Canada 43%
      Germany 45%
      United States 61%
      Israel 64%
      China 23%
      Italy 23%
      Philippines 44%
      Pakistan 5%
      Jordan 4%
      India 32%
      Australia 44%

  2. edgar lores says:

    1. It just struck me: How can Filipinos have a higher favorable opinion of the US than Americans?

    2. At least, the Chinese opinion of their country tops the scale.

    3. And Kenya, Senegal and Ghana do spread the love around.

    • Joe America says:

      1. I can only speculate. Part of it is that the Philippines tends to halo people, that is, consider them bigger than life. Boxers and certain politicians and stars. Second, Americans are less circumspect than the Chinese who would not embarrass their nation by voting negatively. With regard to that point, many things are going on in the US that people might object to, high unemployment (at the time of the survey), partisan friction and political brinksmanship with regard to the debt,and a diverse ethnic population that may feel things are not going right (hispanics, regarding immigration policies). Finally, being an open nation may create more objection than would occur in a closed nation.

      3. ahahaha, yes they do.

  3. Adrian says:

    Wow, we Filipinos are more American than Americans. It looks like your foxhole question a few blogs ago is irrelevant. It appears that wherever your foxhole is, whether you don’t like it or you don’t like it, it will be crowded with your “little brown brothers”.

  4. brianitus says:

    Puno WAS a relevant argument when he was still around which is not the case today. Do people still bring that up?

    On DAP, it’ll still be grease money. That thing will always be an ethics violation time bomb. You know, PNoy won’t be president forever and all that magic he has today could recede faster than his hairline. DAP today, CRAP tomorrow.

    On Bayan Muna, I don’t think they care about how their opinions rate in the public eye. Sure, they’d like to believe that people will agree with them eventually,like, after a century or two. They dont seem to care about how they sell their ideas.

    Personally, I look forward to what’s in store for this country. I’d like to see more people genuinely invest in the future.

    • Joe America says:

      Puno, ah, I was just grasping for examples when still half asleep and that is the best example I could come up with.

      Unfortunately, Bayan Muna and riots in front of the Embassy is what is picked up by news organizations and plastered on the front pages, and the Pew data is not exciting enough to get there.

      I believe people are investing and will invest in the Philippines. At least until 2016 . . .

  5. letlet says:

    If I am a very wealthy person with spare money to invest, I would just put it in stocks and shares,not to invest in a business in the Philippines. I don’t want to subject myself with NPA’s extortion, and its tax payment. I don’t want NPA to burn my building / factory with all my machinery in it for refusing to pay extortion. Also, I don’t want to find my building drowned in the floods due to typhoons year in and year out..I will have great difficulty in transporting my products from region to region due to floods.

    Bureaucracy is terrible, it will hamper the growth of my business unless I always pay grease money to speed up processing of my papers/ permits.

    It is better for the Philippines to establish an industrial estate that will conglomerate 15 international companies. factories in Taguig, Pasig, Antipolo, Cavite, Batangas or Tagaytay – areas not prone to flooding during typhoons and out of NPA control. Give incentives like reduce electric power, new terms for investment percentage of ownership like what China, Thailand and Singapore are doing. Minimize bureaucratic interference.

    • Joe America says:

      Very well argued. Constructive. The kind of “framework” solution that is needed, rather than chaotic and unplanned. Chaotic and empty of industry.

    • Joseph-Ivo says:

      If I were a very rich person, I would learn to play golf. If you meet the right people in Wakwak, everything is possible. Rent opportunities here are unlimited. (NPA and Typhoon damage are negligible compared to the white collar scams). Who are the new Abaloses? Now the right people with inside knowledge.

      • Hildergarde Hammhocker says:

        You don’t have to be rich to play GOLF in western countries. But some people actually DON’T like it! If I were rich…I’d probably sit just off the boundary of international sea line of Monaco and sip Champange with my all nude female crew and zip in to the casinos whenever I needed a charge. But GOLF..NOPE! I hate it.

  6. Joseph-Ivo says:

    What is unbiased objective information, what is brainwashing? How are opinions formed? Via experience or via a “trusted” friend. Who are those for an average Chinese or on average Filipinos or an average Australian that took part in the survey?

    Here people experience Chris Aquino and the other celebrities as “friends” and most of them are quite optimistic, all very much in “enjoy the moment now”. It is also what the Filipino expects. The news is only an extension of the telenovelas, in the end the powerful fall in love with the poor and live happy ever after. The Lord made Napoles sick so she could confess on a hospital bed, a tear and a cheer and lola can keep helping the poor priests.

    The progress in China is very tangible, impossible to ignore. The communication with the Chinese public is very carefully crafted. Alignment with the common feelings are natural. A superiority feeling comes natural.

    In Australia having on opposite view is completely acceptable, appreciated. The % of bad news higher than the % of good news. In Europe this is even more pronounced. We have a lot to lose, progress is small. Inequality rising fast. White supremacy threatened, diversity the rule. Politicians are self-serving idiots. The youth and their optimism a minority.

    Happiness is more than economic progress. Measurement steers actions. We are measuring what banks like, not what people like. People like opportunities for their children, they like belonging, solidarity, contributing, recognition, they like a good time with friends, a laughter, a beautiful sunset.

    • Joe America says:

      Ah, Joseph Ivo the poet is with us today. Indeed, in this kind of survey, the respondents react to the question with a bias fitting their social circumstance, so an Australian’s reading of the question would not be the same as a Chinese reading. So the answers cannot really be compared. But it is instructional. One’s evaluation of the American drone strikes correlates well with one’s presumed proximity to being innocent and splattered by a terrorist bomb, or one’s state essentially coddling terrorist thinking (Pakistan). This does not make drones either right or wrong. It makes the people answering the question different, as to circumstance.

      For myself, I love these factual data. They are lovely lies, all aligned in neat little charts.

      • Hildergarde Hammhocker says:

        Only different if the Australian is illiterate and the Chinese drunk..otherwise they both comprehend. If the answer differs it is not a bias, it is cultural and a lack of understanding, but certainly not a bias. Indeed your own comments are based on a bias. Right in your eyes, but maybe not right any way. Do you ever perceive this Jo?

  7. Lil says:

    So does this survey mean Joe is spoiled 😉
    About Bayan Muna, unfortunately there will always be people like that. I’ve come to accept that there will always be pigheaded, ignorant cretins. I just saw a similar, slightly smaller protest regarding Miss Saigon showing in MN. 😀 there were even people mentioning the same terms ‘colonialism’, imperialism etc. Pretty sure they didn’t even bother really know/watch the musical and lastly, Vietnamese would be the last to actually complain of “colonialism”. cough*ahem cough.

    oh wait some races are not even complaining 😀

    • Joe America says:

      Ah, Miss Saigon, such huge production, the version I saw in Los Angeles. The ending had a huge, real-sized helicopter whopping in to take out the fleeing who could get aboard. Rather hard for me to watch, having had a bit of a romance there whilst stationed outside of Saigon. I don’t know to this day if she got out.

      Americans are very different than most people’s perception of them. They walk all the many paths of life, mixed by ethnicity, region, religion, politics, wealth, attitude about drugs or sex or marriage or what gender means. Educated, uneducated, militaristic hawks, peaceniks, black, brown, yellow, red, white and blue – they all collect around the flag or their troops to defend their right to be free, to be different, to be respected, and left up to their abilities to pursue opportunity, fairly, and hopefully prosperously. No guarantees. Lots of ways to go about it.

      The best start with school and reading and a set of principles to live by, whether instilled by the Church or family. Yes, we are spoiled . . .

      • Lil says:

        my gulay, joe hope you had your “rubber” on otherwise *cough ahem *cough…
        see this is why even the Aussies are complaining, they took our womenz! lol.

        *Lil is now officially feeling trapped in the land of white men*

        • Joe America says:

          Ah, but she was four months pregnant when I met her, and I had nothing to do with that. But she really wrote nice poetry. (Where is the “sigh” emoticon around here, anyway?)

          I am confident you can handle any traps the white men set for you . . .

      • Hildergarde Hammhocker says:

        Freedom is the issue being fought in the very streets of the USA today. Consisting roughly of 33% of hispanics, african USA ians and white USAians ( with anglo’s maybe 50% of this group. The freedoms are NOT being granted to all and so it would seem in the NAME of freedom there will be 3 diff flags flying for freedom soon. Home spun wisdom is good for those who have little exposure to reality but it also has a false sentiment being touted because it is being sold by some one with their own beliefs to others and without much truth usually.

  8. Janice says:

    I’m surprised Filipinos like the US more than……

    Americans. LOL

    • Janice says:

      If the PH was a US state, it would win the title “most patriotic state”

      Welcome to the Philippines, the most patriotic non-state to the US flag. There goes the “invisible star” in the stars and stripes. LOL

      • Hildergarde Hammhocker says:

        it wuld also win title of the most corrupt state. The most lazy state. The most hygenically challenged state. The most unstable state. The most ” we don’t want be oursleves state. Hey there is MANY MANY thing the Philippines would win in that case…..can’t think of any good ones though!

  9. Hildergarde Hammhocker says:

    Jo I am not maligining you one bit. I respect you and understand you. I do think you are letting a sick eagle get in your way with your thoughts though. You probably think of Snowdon as a traitor and you probably think that Julian Assange should be prosecuted. The rest of ALL the peoples of ALL other countries think they are heroes of HONOUR though, Jo, because they expose corruption, manipulation, spying, population control, government lies, agendas to torture , abilities to lie. These are men who have been prepared to GIVE up their lives so others may know the truth. The USA is not a democratic , freedom loving country, it spies on it’s own people for heavens sake. And do you think JFK died of the flu? GEE Jo..patriotism is fine, the ablility to blindly ignore the truth and not defend justice is criminal.

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