A huge majority of Filipinos agreed that Congress should renew ABS-CBN's franchise, pollster Social Weather Stations said Saturday, July 11.
The survey was conducted from July 3 to 6, as the House of Representatives held marathon hearings on the franchise application of ABS-CBN. The network's franchise lapsed on May 4, prompting the National Telecommunications Commission to order it to stop its operations. (READ: ABS-CBN goes off-air after NTC order)
SWS said that at least 75% of the 1,555 adult Filipinos surveyed agreed to the question: "Congress should renew the franchise of ABS-CBN so that it can broadcast its programs again."
Only 13% of those surveyed said that ABS-CBN should not be given a new franchise, while 10% were still undecided.
Majority of Filipinos or 56% also agreed that denying the media giant a franchise was a "major blow to press freedom." Some 27% of those surveyed thought otherwise.
SWS said that ABS-CBN was highly trusted in previous polls. Of the 11 surveys conducted from October 2000 to December 2018, net trust in ABS-CBN was either "excellent" or "very good."
The July 3 to 6 survey found that those supporting the network were the highest in Mindanao (80%), followed by Visayas (77%), Balance Luzon (74), and then Metro Manila (69%).
The support was higher in rural areas (81%) too, than those from the urban areas (70%).
The survey was conducted using phones and computer-assisted telephone interviews with 1,555 adult Filipinos nationwide: 306 in the National Capital Region, 451 in Balance Luzon or Luzon outside of Metro Manila, 388 in Visayas, and 410 in Mindanao.
The nationwide survey has a sampling error of ±2% for national figures and ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5% for Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla wanted ABS-CBN to be investigated by the National Bureau of Investigation, for its alleged "deception" during hearings.
Remulla had also accused ABS-CBN of lying about Amcara Broadcasting Network, which he claimed was the network's dummy. – Rappler.com
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