Most Filipinos still trust P-Noy, says survey

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By Joel D Pinaroc

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA—Majority of Filipinos still trust the leadership of President Benigno Aquino III, a Pulse Asia survey said.

The survey said about seven in ten Filipinos or 71%, express appreciation for and trust in the current administration, particularly the President. On the other hand, less than one in ten is critical of presidential performance (8%) and distrusts the President (7%).

The survey was conducted from May 21 to June 4, Pulse Asia said.

However, compared to the last Pulse Asia survey in March, the President’s current overall approval rating declined by 8% while his national trust rating decreased by 9%.

In May 2011, President Aquino enjoyed majority approval ratings across geographic areas ranging from 57% in Metro Manila to 79% in Mindanao. Across socio-economic groupings, approval levels vary from 63% in the best-off “Class ABC” to 77% in the poorest “Class E.” With respect to disapproval ratings, double-digit figures obtain in Class ABC (14%) and Metro Manila (15%) while single-digit ratings are posted in the other geographic areas (6% to 7%) and socio-economic classes (5% to 8%).

Between March and May 2011, public approval for presidential performance decreased by 15 percentage points while public indecision becomes more pronounced in the Visayas.

According to Pulse Asia, key developments including the search for a new Ombudsman, the granting of a 22-peso cost of living allowance (COLA) for Metro Manila workers, the loss of lives and damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Central Luzon and Bicol due to typhoon Bebeng, and the confirmation of several presidential cabinet appointees, the Senate inquiry into the alleged corruption in the military, the ongoing debates on proposed legislation regarding reproductive health and divorce, the dispute between the Philippines and China, the fishkill in Batangas and Pangasinan, and the deferment of the LRT/MRT fare hike among others, took place within the survey period.

The survey was based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above, Pulse Asia further said.

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