Filipinos' top concern: Higher salaries

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipinos are most concerned about increasing workers' pay, according to a recent Pulse Asia survey.

Nearly half of Filipinos (46 percent of 1,200 respondents) nationwide believe the Duterte government should prioritize increasing wages.

Workers' pay was cited as the topmost concern of Classes D and E across the country.

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For Classes A, B, and C, the rising prices of goods is their main concern. But improving workers' pay comes a close second.

Aside from higher wages, other top concerns of Filipinos are creating more jobs (38 percent) and controlling inflation (37 percent).

These are followed by fighting corruption (32 percent), reducing poverty (32 percent), and fighting criminality (31 percent).

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Which issues do Filipinos care about least? These are terrorism, national territorial integrity, and lastly, charter change.

The survey also shows that most Filipinos are happy with how the government is handling national issues.

The government's anti-crime efforts are appreciated by most Filipinos (89 percent). Controlling inflation, however, got approval from only 51 percent of respondents.

This Pulse Asia "Ulat ng Bayan" survey was conducted from September 25-October 1 through face-to-face interviews. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.