An overwhelming majority of Filipinos think the widespread use of guns causes crime and should thus be controlled, new poll results released Tuesday showed.
Three out of four Filipinos support gun control policies, Pulse Asia claimed, based on a Mar. 16-21 survey of 1,800 adults nationwide.
Although the figures showed strong support for gun control in the Philippines, this still registered a drop from 82 percent in an October 2000 survey.
The number of Filipinos who were not in favor of gun control, meanwhile, remained unchanged at 7 percent in the latest survey.
Those who are undecided about their position on gun control rose to 18 percent in 2013 from 10 percent in 2000.
More Filipinos (78 percent) prefer a law that allows only law enforcers and licensed security guards to carry firearms in public places.
A law which allows all licensed holders to carry guns anywhere they like is meanwhile favored by 22 percent of respondents.
The survey was conducted during a period when news about violence and crimes involving the use og guns, among others "preoccupied Filipinos," Pulse Asia said.
These include the standoff between Malaysian and Filipino forces in Sabah, and the filing of cases against 14 police officers involved in the Atimonan bloodbath.
Meanwhile, the ratio of respondents who agree that "guns and their proliferation are a major cause of crime and violence in the country" rose to 67 percent from 64 percent in October 2000.
A smaller ratio of respondents--13 percent versus 19 percent previously--don't think guns cause crime and violence.
Those who are undecided, on the other hand, rose to 21 percent from 18 percent in 2000.
Support for gun control was echoed by Pinoys across all geographic areas and socioeconomic classes.
Metro Manila posted the highest support rate of 87 percent but even Mindanao respondents, who were least inclined to support gun control showed a majority score of 66 percent.
Broken down by socioeconomic status, support for gun control was highest among higher-income classes ABC (68 percent).
Class D respondents showed 76 percent support and class E respondents, 72 percent.
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