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Aquino gets poor grade in inflation

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With the above the ceiling prices of rice, garlic and other basic goods, President Aquino again received a poor grade in fighting inflation.

In the recent Ulat ng Bayan survey, which was conducted in Jun, the President received a poor -15 percent net approval rating, with 41 percent of the respondents unhappy with the way inflation has been addressed – up from 34 percent in March.

The survey said 26 percent of Filipinos approved of the government’s efforts to control prices.

The poll was conducted from June 24 to July 2, using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults.

Pulse Asia said 52 percent considered inflation as the most urgent among 11 issues rated in the survey.

The survey said inflation was “a majority concern” in Metro Manila (56 percent) and Mindanao (58 percent) as well as across all socio-economic classes. The inflation rate was at 4.40 percent in June.

Pulse Asia said the administration obtained a majority approval rating (54 percent) in only one of 11 issues rated – fighting criminality.

Half of the respondents said they were appreciative of the administration’s peace initiatives.

Forty-seven percent of the respondents approved the government’s efforts to defend the country’s territorial integrity, 46 percent expressed approval of initiatives to stop the destruction and abuse of the environment, and 42 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the government’s drive against graft and corruption.

Pulse Asia said almost or exactly the same approval and indecision ratings were recorded on the issues of rule of law (44 percent versus 38 percent), population growth (39 percent versus 38 percent), and job creation (37 percent versus 37 percent).

Public opinion on the administration’s handling of two issues, meanwhile, is split in three ways, with percentages of approval, indecision and disapproval almost settling at the same level.

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