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Aquino approval, trust ratings drop

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).

‘Still Overwhelming’

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.

  • parkwikusa

    Tuwad na daan ng abnoi,

  • Princess Almon

    President Noy is in his fourth year as President but still his rating is high. Isa lang
    ibig sabihin niya.

    • Sean Oxendrek

      That there are more smart phones and smart TV than there are smart voters in Pinas? LOLOLOL!

  • Natalia Binueza Defensor

    Asking for another term? It doesn’t matter as long he can manage to do so. But as far as my concerned nothing change in his 3 years terms. Too much problems arise and never been solved especially the Yolanda Victims til now still Starve and pity to look at them… So i thnk the best remedy there no more another term for him…Enough just give the chance to others whom have concerned to the People of the Philippines…..

    • Datejust

      and who do you think can do a better job than Pnoy? nothing has changed for you probably in the first 3 years because you’re not working hard enough. as per JFK, ask what you can do for your country and not what your country can do for you.

      • clint2

        Spot on.

    • parkwikusa

      You are right Natalia.. Whoever asking for another term if abnoi definitely is abnoi..

  • clint2

    And who do you think could have done a better job?
    He stood up against China.
    Exposed and trying to cleanse the nation of corrupt
    politicians. Purging abusive officials, ect.
    And by doing so, improved tax revenue.
    The whole world looks down on us as a bunch of
    thieves and unthrustworthy people.
    Only him had the guts to make drastic changes from
    the system that
    has kept this nation poor. And only him can bring the
    nation and its people some kind of respect.

    • Phatlo

      Right on, Clint2!!

    • Datejust

      i totally agree

  • juan de la cruz

    Zero percent rating ng abnoi…. No more term, people are fed up, sobra na tama na palayasin na ang baliw na presudente at pamilyang may sira sa ulo

    • Datejust

      if there’s a crazy person in the philippines, it is you. look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, what have you done for the philippines?

      • parkwikusa

        Datejust is a troll, you are online force of malacanang… You have the time to answer all comments here….lol you are paid, to lie, like your abnoi boss, obviously…there’s nothing good abnoi has done, except hardship of filipino people…. You are as abnoi as your boss abnoi to say lets help abnoi, to what ??? To make philippines worstest than worsen? You are sick man, he did so much bad to philippines and you want us to help him? To help him make philippines much worst ???? You are paid online force to say good thing about abnoi, your boss is abnoi worst than abnoi…..

        • Phatlo

          Parkwikusa: The Philippines is at a juncture where it can successfully emerge, and blossom out as an important player in the global economy, and at this point Filipinos at home, AND ABROAD will play an important role in determining as to whether the PI is successful, or will fall back into its Third World status again. The whole Global Community already recognizes the progress happening in the PI, and are trying to guess the outcome …. Prosperity, or Third World poverty. Let us be positive, work together, and help raise another Tiger in Asia!

        • Datejust

          I’m not a troll and I am not a sick man as you are accusing me of. I used to live there in the Philippines who got sick and tired of previous administration before Pnoy. Under Pnoy, the Philippines has changed a lot for the better. Look up how good the overall economy is doing. Do some research before you saying ridiculous things. Poverty is a big problem there and it can not be eradicated right away by Pnoy and the government in 3 years time. It will mostly take decades of continuous economic growth for the Philippines to prosper like any other industrialized country.

          • juan de la cruz

            Epic fail, you are a troll iisa ang gamit nyo IP address man.. Uou are a paid online foece

      • juan de la cruz

        Troll epic fail, iisa IP address nyonh tatlo

  • eleazardo kasilag

    We still have in him the best direction for our country. It is only now that we are gradually emerging and recognized around the world. Give him the time and soon, we shall have the one from Makati and you can begin to say your piece.

    • Datejust

      one from Makati … God help us.

    • parkwikusa

      Tuwad na daan lol

  • Phatlo

    This president is attempting to correct the many ills that he inherited, and known about world-wide. Can’t Filipinos at least try to support him for the betterment of the whole country instead of all the negativity, and in-fighting that hardly helps the public? For once, try it!

    • Renso Peig

      He inherited all these problems accumulated from 28 years ago. In fact this originated from his mother down to GMA. Because when the mother was at the helm, she erased all Marcos mark but she failed or categorically did not offered alternatives. She was just vindictive and didn’t care about the plight of the people. This was not being seen by the majority because they had blindly looked at her as their they can not accept the facts. I’ll be dammed.

      • Phatlo

        Good points, RP. Times have changed, and we Pinoys must recognize our important position in the Global Community. The PI is now blossoming, and rightfully emerging out of its Third World status, and is at a decisive point where it could fall back into its “Sick Child of Asia” Third World status, or be another roaring Tiger of Asia! The world recognizes the positive changes happening, and is monitoring the situation. Pinoys must work together, and support the president for the progress, prosperity & betterment of the country. Choice: Prosperity or Third World status?

        • juan de la cruz


    • Datejust

      I totally agree with you. Not only support but also do their part by studying and/or working hard to contribute to the economic success of the philipppines.

      • juan de la cruz

        Troll iisa ang IP address nyong tatlo man

  • Samuel Santos

    Based on my own survey, PNoy is the worst president this country has ever had. He’s worse than Tita Cory.

    • Datejust

      can you show us your survey? maybe based on your narrow mindedness.

  • boy bingi

    Baka kailangan ang Doctor???

  • J3prox

    Who believe’s this? Oh yes the goverment.
    Another dagdag bawas again, I bet his real rating are far lower than they are reporting.