A new Social Weather Stations poll commissioned by environmental group Greenpeace found that most Filipino voters will opt for 2019 election candidates who will ban single-use plastics.
In the survey conducted in the third quarter of 2018, 73 percent of respondents said they would likely vote for a candidate who supports a law banning groceries, public markets, fast food chains and other establishments from giving out or using non-biodegradable plastic bags.
The same survey revealed that 82 percent of respondents will vote for candidates who will advocate strict implementation of solid waste management laws.
Majorities across all demographics would probably elect candidates advocating the environmental issues, the poll revealed.
It also revealed that 65 percent of Filipinos believe people are reckless in garbage disposal. Thirty-five percent of the survey respondents said there is inadequate waste management and infrastructure in the country, while 27 percent believe firms are producing more plastic products.
The poll also revealed that 69 percent of Filipinos believe the public should be more responsible in reducing plastic pollution in the country. Another 39 percent said plastic-producing firms should be responsible.
The survey was conducted on September 15 to 23 among 1,500 Filipino adults.
By: Chad de Guzman