President Benigno Aquino III’s trust ratings plunged amid some latest developments in the country, a data showed by Pulse Asia survey.
The survey was conducted last March 19-26 with 1,200 respondents showing little trust of Aquino. This (70 percent and 69 percent, respectively) was lower than Aquino’s ratings last quarter.
At least eight percent showed dissatisfaction with Aquino’s performance, while 22 percent neither approved nor disapproved of his job three months ago.
Pulse Asia said the President’s latest approval rating is lower by three percentage points from the 73 percent last December 2013.
Aquino’s trust rating also dropped to 69 percent in March from 74 percent in December 2013.
He received approval scores between 57 and 80 percent in geographic areas Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
The survey in Visayas and Mindanao showed that Filipinos “more inclined to approve of the President’s work than Metro Manilans” with 72 percent to 80 percent versus 57 percent.
Meanwhile, Malacañang just shrugged off the “slight” drop in Aquino’s trust and performance ratings, saying the public’s confidence on the President is still “overwhelming.”
“The confidence and trust of the Filipino people in President Aquino remains overwhelming. Today, Pulse Asia reported, in its Ulat ng Bayan survey for the first quarter of 2014, that 70 percent of Filipinos approve of the President’s performance, while 69 percent continue to trust him,” deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte said.
“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.
She further said the government is determined to lift the government’s progress as showed by the recent development in the country such as the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB), the arrest of two key leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee, and the passage of the Senate version of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.