Aquino approval, trust ratings drop
April 11, 2014
The government’s recent “victories” in the Mindanao peace process and law enforcement could not halt the slide in President Benigno S. Aquino III’s trust and performance ratings, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey results released yesterday.
While most Filipinos remain appreciative of, and continue to trust President Aquino (70 percent and 69 percent, respectively), his 2014 first quarter ratings as released by Pulse Asia were lower by 3 points than his ratings in the last quarter of 2013.
Held on March 19-26, the latest nationwide survey was based on a sample of 1,200 Filipino adults who were at least 18 years old.
The survey was conducted amid the backdrop of some positive developments in the country, such as the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Also covered by the survey period was the arrest of two key leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), as well as the Senate’s passage of the much- clamored Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.
Pulse Asia said President Aquino’s latest approval rating is lower by three percentage points from the 73 percent he garnered last December.
The Chief Executive’s trust rating also dropped to 69 percent in March from 74 percent in December. Only nine percent said they have trust in him, while 22 percent were undecided on the matter.
Eight percent expressed a negative opinion of the President’s performance, while 22 percent neither approved nor disapproved of his job three months ago.
The President received approval scores between 57 and 80 percent in geographic areas of Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. His scores among socio-economic classes ABC, D, and E (upper-to-middle, masa, and poorest classes, respectively) range from 62 to 72 percent.
Respondents from the Visayas and Mindanao were “more inclined to approve of the President’s work than Metro Manilans” with 72 percent to 80 percent versus 57 percent, the survey result showed.
At the national level and across survey sub-groupings, indecision toward presidential performance is generally more pronounced than outright disapproval (22 percent versus 8 percent and 15 percent to 26 percent versus 5 percent to 18 percent, respectively).
On President Aquino’s trustworthiness across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, trust ratings range from 57 percent to 76 percent and from 62 percent to 71 percent, respectively.
Pulse Asia noted that higher levels of trust in President Aquino were obtained in the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao than in Metro Manila (69 percent to 76 percent versus 57 percent).
Despite the decline, Malacañang remained unperturbed with one Palace official noting that public confidence in the Chief Executive is still “overwhelming.”
“The confidence and trust of the Filipino people in President Aquino remains overwhelming,” Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said, citing the 70 percent approval and 69 percent trust ratings.
“The most recent sampling of public opinion is the latest manifestation that the President’s efforts, his governance, and the administration’s mission to empower our people by instituting permanent change, are indivisible from the aspirations and efforts of our people as a whole,” she added.
Valte also pointed out that the decline in the President’s figures were “only marginal movements,” which was the way that Pulse Asia itself described the ratings dip.