This view is articulated by big to overwhelming majorities (76% to 91%) in all geographicareas and socio-economic classes. In addition, exactly the same percentage says that it isthe government’s duty to provide the people with knowledge, services, and materials onmodern methods of family planning.Less than one in ten Filipinos (6% to 8%) disagrees with either view while indecision onthese matters is expressed by 10% to 13% of Filipinos
The Pulse survey shows that about four in ten Filipinos (44%) say the governmentshould pass a law specifying the number of children couples may have Only two in ten(19%) are undecided on the issue. Across geographic areas and socio-economicclasses, big pluralities to small majorities (45% to 58%) in Metro Manila, the Visayas,Mindanao, and Classes D and E favor the idea of government passing a law on thenumber of children couples may have.
The Pulse survey also once again shatters the alleged fear of Congressmen andSenators of an overwhelmingly backlash from the Catholics if they publicly support theRH bill. Results show that while 49% of Filipinos say couples should follow what their religion tells them about family planning, 44% are ambivalent as regards the possibilityof their church or religion influencing their vote for a candidate advocating modern familyplanning methods. This is a good indication that almost half of Filipinos are either ambivalent on the Church dictates or do not agree that couples are obliged to abide bythe teachings of their religion on family planning
On top of the above-mentioned results, Congressmen and Senators should take refugeon the results that show when it comes to the impact of their church or religion on their decision as to whether or not to vote for a candidate supporting modern family planningmethods, indecision is the predominant public sentiment at the national level (44%) andparticularly in the rest of Luzon, the Visayas, and Classes D and E (42% to 52%).
Interestingly, Congressmen and Senators should take most important note of the resultsthat show most Filipinos are aware of the reproductive health bill pending at the Houseof Representatives (68%) and are in favor of the bill (63%) and only 8% are not in favor and 29% are ambivalent on the matter. Majorities ranging from 56% in the Visayas to79% in Class ABC are in favor of the bill. Surprisingly, those 8% of who not supportiveof the bill is not 100% against it. Based on the survey results, among the 8% of Filipinoswho do not favor the proposed legislation, additional survey findings show that: (1) 47%agree with the need to promote information and access to natural and modern familyplanning methods; (2) 69% agree with the provision of the bill recognizing the rights of women and couples to choose the family method they want; (3) about the samepercentages either agree or disagree (36% versus 35%) with the inclusion of sexeducation in the school curricula; and (4) 44% believe government funds should be usedto support modern family planning methods. Indecision on these issues is expressed by