With the public’s outrage over the Mamasapano encounter, the approval and trust ratings of President Benigno Aquino III is mostly taking the beating as it crashes to its lowest since 2010 when he was elected as President.
Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey with more than 1,200 respondents in the whole country, the survey was conducted on March 1-7, 2015, a month after the said encounter happened.
The survey states that PNOY’s approval ratings dipped to 38 percent from last November’s 59 percent. While his trust rating is now at 36 percent from 56 percent.
In a press statement from Pulse Asia, this is first time that the President’s approval ratings went down since 2010.
“This is the first time the President has posted non-majority national approval and trust ratings in Ulat ng Bayan surveys since he was first rated as president by survey respondents back in October 2010.”
PNOY’s Visayas’ ratings took a swing going down by 27 percent from its previous 68 percent last year.
In Metro Manila, Pulse Asia was able to register PNOY’s lowest rating at 26 percent.
The President’s approval rating in Mindanao dipped at 45 percent from 67 percent while only 34 percent of Filipinos from Luzon trust the President.
“A notable increase in his disapproval rating was seen in NCR where it rose by 24 percentage points (from only 17 percent in November 2014 to 41 percent in March). Disapproval ratings also rose for the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.”
Meanwhile, in the economic cluster, PNOY’s rating also dipped down by 24 percent points with Class ABC and D.
With Class E, it went downt to 47 percent from its 57 percent in the last quarter.
In line with this, Malacanang is unhappy with the said survey result.
According to PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the President understands that sentiment of the people because of the Mamasapano operations.
But Coloma said that the government will do everything to gain back the trust of the public.
“We note the results of the latest Pulse Asia performance approval and trust ratings for the President as of the first week of March 2015. We note further that there has been a significant drop in these ratings. While the President’s approval rating declined by 21 percent, the disapproval rating dropped by 12 percent and the number of undecided rose by 9 percent compared to the last quarter’s survey results,” said Coloma.