Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Cambodia; (7) the allegeddumping of toxic waste in Subic, Olongapo by American navy ships and submarines inOctober 2012 and the resulting Senate investigation into the matter; (8) thecommemoration of the third anniversary of the so-called Maguindanao massacre whichclaimed the lives of 58 individuals and (9) in the economic front, the 7.1% growth in thePhilippine economy in the third quarter of 2012, the continued appreciation of the localcurrency vis-à-vis the US dollar, the record-breaking performance of the Philippine stock market, increase in power rates and gas prices and the failure of the Bureau of InternalRevenue (BIR) to meet its October 2012 target.As in our previous surveys, this nationwide survey is based on a sample of 1,200representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95%confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in thesurvey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% errormargin, also at 95% confidence level. Those interested in further technical detailsconcerning the survey's questionnaire and sampling design may request Pulse Asia inwriting for fuller details, including copies of the pre-tested questions actually used.Pulse Asia’s pool of academic fellows takes full responsibility for the design andconduct of the survey, as well as for analyses it makes based on the survey data. Inkeeping with our academic nature, no religious, political, economic, or partisan groupinfluenced any of these processes. Pulse Asia undertakes
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surveys on itsown without any party singularly commissioning the research effort.For any clarification or questions, kindly contact Prof. Ronald D. Holmes, Pulse AsiaPresident at 09189335497 or Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse Asia Chief Research Fellowat 09189436816.