EIGHTY-six percent of Metro Manila residents and thirty-eight percent of urban dwellers in the country are dissatisfied with the traffic situation even as they reject the abolition of the number coding scheme and the Metro Manila Development Authority, and the installation of a traffic czar.
This is according to the latest The Standard Poll conducted between Sept. 21 and Oct. 1 this year, by this newspaper’s resident pollster, Junie Laylo.
Laylo polled 1,500 Filipino voters with biometric registration from 76 provinces around the country. Three hundred respondents each were interviewed from the National Capital Region, Northern and Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Bicol, Visayas and Mindanao.
Among the 300 Metro Manila residents who were interviewed, 93 percent were dissatisfied with 2 percent very satisfied and 6 percent somewhat satisfied with the traffic.
Traffic has been a major complaint among city dwellers especially Metro Manila in the past few months, with the navigation application Waze tagging Metro Manila as having the worst traffic on Earth, based on its 2015 Global Satisfaction Index. Waze also said the Philippines is the ninth worst place to drive on.
According to The Standard Poll, 24 percent and 45 percent of urban residents were somewhat dissatisfied and very dissatisfied with the traffic, respectively. Urban residents made up 41 percent of the total number interviewed.
Net nationwide satisfaction with traffic was 1 percent.
Aside from Metro Manila, Northern and Central Luzon also expressed dismay with the traffic situation, with -24 satisfaction rating. Southern Luzon and Bicol residents had -4.
Visayans were happiest with their own traffic situation/traffic in the city nearest them, with +36 net satisfaction.
Seventy-five percent of NCR respondents also disagree with abolishing the Metro Manila Development Authority, the agency mandated to manage the traffic situation in the metropolis. Broken down into socio-economic classes, those belonging to the D group disagree with abolishing the MMDA with -58, with 79 percent disagreeing and 21 percent agreeing.
Meanwhile, 63 percent of Metro Manila residents belonging to socio-economic classes ABC do not want the MMDA abolished. Fifteen percent of this group, however, strongly agree with the proposal, with 22 percent somewhat agreeing.
Despite the dissatisfaction with the traffic, however, 74 percent of Metro Manilans disagree with the proposal to abolish the number-coding system for cars.
Filipinos also disagree with the proposal to have a so-called traffic czar resolve traffic problems, with an across-the-board negative net rating. Sixty-five percent of Metro Manila residents disagree with the idea of a traffic czar, with only 10 percent strongly agreeing and 24 percent somewhat agreeing.
In September, a business group called on the Palace to appoint a traffic czar to ease the traffic problem, claiming that the business sector is adversely affected by the mess.