MANILA, Philippines – A new survey data showed that 3 out of 5 Filipinos agree that China withheld information from the world when COVID-19 started in Wuhan.
Around 61% of the participants that the Social Weather Station gathered agreed that China could have shared more information on the matter.
The SWS asked respondents this question in their July 2020 survey, “How much do you believe the accusation of other countries that China did not immediately share their information on COVID-19 to the world, such as the severity of the disease and the number of deaths in China because of this virus?”
From those who agreed to the statement, 28% strongly believed it while 33% somewhat believed it.
The 23% left did not believe it. About 13% of them was somewhat feeling this way while 10% were in strong disagreement. The undecided ones comprised of 15%.
Other than the 3 out of 5 Filipinos
Meanwhile 7 out of 10 Filipinos agreed that “China should be held accountable for not immediately sharing their information on COVID-19 to the world.”
77% of the 1,555 mobile respondents believed that the statement was agreeable.
The said interview happened via mobile phones and computer-assisted telephone interviewing.
The sampling error are ±2% for national percentages and ±6% for Metro Manila. While errors are at ±5 for Balance Luzon, ±5% Visayas, and ±5% in Mindanao.
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