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Binay posts big drop in ratings

Aquino’s score remains at its lowest level

VICE President Jejomar Binay was the biggest loser in the latest Pulse Asia opinion poll as he and President Benigno Aquino III suffered declines in their performance and trust ratings, the survey company said Tuesday.

“[But] among the country’s leading government officials, only President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar C. Binay enjoy majority approval ratings (55 percent and 66 percent, respectively) and trust ratings (54 percent and 64 percent, respectively),” Pulse Asia said in its website.

The survey conducted from Sept. 8-15 said Binay’s approval rating dropped from 81 percent in June to 66 percent in September while his trust rating dropped from 79 percent in June to 64 percent in September. Both ratings declined by 15 percentage points.

“Overall, appreciation for and trust in Vice President Binay ease during the period June to September 2014 (both at -15 percentage points). Similar changes occur in Metro Manila (-16 and -14 percentage points, respectively) and the rest of Luzon (-16 and -14 percentage points, respectively),” Pulse Asia said.

“Additionally, the Vice-President’s approval score in Class ABC and trust score in Mindanao also decline (-19 and -14 percentage points, respectively),” the pollster added.

At the same time, Aquino’s approval and trust ratings remained at their lowest levels for the second quarter this year, Pulse Asia said.

Aquino’s approval rating dropped by one percentage point, from 56 percent in June to 55 percent in September.

His trust rating, on the other hand, rose by one percentage point, from 53 percent in June to 54 percent in the third quarter.

Pulse Asia said the ratings of the President were “generally constant between June and September 2014” and Aquino’s June ratings were his lowest since he took office in 2010.

Still, most Filipinos remain appreciative of the quarterly performance and trust ratings of Aquino and Binay.

“Only Vice President Binay succeeds in scoring majority approval and trust ratings in every geographic area (55 percent to 75 percent and 53 percent to 70 percent, respectively) and socio-economic groupings (54 percent to 71 percent and 52 percent to 70 percent, respectively),” Pulse Asia said.

“In the case of President Aquino, he posts majority approval and trust ratings in the Visayas (65 percent and 61 percent, respectively), Mindanao (68 percent and 65 percent, respectively), Class D (54 percent and 52 percent, respectively), and Class E (both at 61 percent),” the pollster said.

“Appreciation and trust are the plurality sentiments toward President Aquino in Metro Mania (48 percent and 47 percent, respectively), the rest of Luzon (46 percent and 48 percent, respectively), and Class ABC (48 percent and 49 percent, respectively),” Pulse Asia added.

None of the other leading officials of the government are able to obtain a majority approval or trust rating across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, the pollster added.

Most Filipinos cannot say if they approve or disapprove of the work done by Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.

Fifty percent of survey respondents said they could not decide whether to approve or disapprove of the work of Belmonte in the past three months.

As for Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno, indecision is the plurality sentiment about their performance (45 percent and 46 percent, respectively).

“Again, half of Filipinos (50 percent) are undecided concerning House Speaker Belmonte’s trustworthiness while near majorities express ambivalence on the matter of trusting or distrusting Senate President Drilon and Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno (45 percent and 49 percent, respectively),” Pulse Asia said.

“None of the key institutions of the Philippine government are able to obtain majority approval and trust ratings in September 2014; for the most part, only the Senate experiences notable movements in its performance and trust ratings between June and September 2014,” it said.

While a near majority of Filipinos (48 percent) approve of the work done by the Supreme Court, essentially the same percentages of Filipinos express appreciation for or indecision toward the performance of the Senate (40 percent versus 41 percent) and the House of Representatives (38 percent versus 43 percent).

With respect to these institutions’ trustworthiness, indecision is the plurality sentiment in the case of the Senate and the House of Representatives (45 percent and 47 percent, respectively) while basically the same trust and indecision ratings are recorded by the Supreme Court (44 percent versus 45 percent).

Across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, the Senate posts majority approval and trust ratings in Mindanao (both at 53 percent) while indecision is the plurality sentiment about its work and trustworthiness in the Visayas (47 percent and 46 percent, respectively).

In Class ABC, the Senate records about the same approval, indecision, and disapproval ratings (33 percent, 37 percent, and 28 percent, respectively) while in Class D, it posts exactly the same approval and indecision ratings (both at 41 percent) and trust and indecision scores (39 percent versus 44 percent, respectively).

The same approval and indecision figures were posted in Metro Manila (both at 36 percent), the rest of Luzon (35 percent versus 42 percent), and Class E (44 percent versus 40 percent).

On the Senate’s trustworthiness, indecision is the plurality opinion in Metro Manila (48 percent), the rest of Luzon (47 percent), and Class E (48 percent), the survey showed.

Near to small majorities in the Visayas and Class E are ambivalent concerning the performance (48 percent and 46 percent, respectively) and trustworthiness (47 percent and 53 percent, respectively) of the House of Representatives.

In Mindanao, the House obtains almost the same approval and indecision figures (46 percent versus 40 percent) and trust and indecision ratings (47 percent versus 43 percent).

It also records virtually the same approval and indecision scores in Metro Manila (35 percent versus 40 percent), the rest of Luzon (36 percent versus 44 percent), and Class D (38 percent versus 44 percent) but in Class ABC, about the same approval, indecision, and disapproval figures are registered (35 percent, 36 percent, and 27 percent, respectively).

Indecision is the plurality view in Metro Manila (47 percent), the rest of Luzon (50 percent), Class ABC (41 percent), and Class D (46 percent) on the House’s trustworthiness.

Most Mindanaoans approve of and trust the Supreme Court (59 percent and 55 percent, respectively).

However, the latter registers basically or exactly the same approval and indecision ratings (39 percent versus 40 percent) and trust and indecision scores (both at 40 percent) in Class ABC. Pluralities in Metro Manila (44 percent), the Visayas (49 percent), Class D (49 percent), and Class E (49 percent) are appreciative of the Supreme Court’s performance but around the same percentages of those in the rest of Luzon either approve of the same or are ambivalent on the matter (42 percent versus 44 percent).

Overall, the Senate enjoyed gains in approval and trust between June and September 2014 (both at +7 percentage points) while the House of Representatives also experienced an improvement in its own national approval score (+7 percentage points).

In the various geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, a few movements occured: 1) an increase in the approval and trust ratings of the Senate in Mindanao (+19 and +21 percentage points, respectively); 2) a decline in the disapproval and distrust figures of the Senate in the same geographic area (both at -13 percentage points); and 3) a drop in the Senate’s indecision figures in Class ABC as far as its performance and trustworthiness are concerned (-18 and -20 percentage points, respectively).

Pulse Asia’s survey was based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults, with a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of 3 percent.

 

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