Poll: Aquino’s approval, trust ratings dip in June

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Monday, July 14, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Controversies hounding the administration have impacted President Benigno Aquino III’s approval and trust ratings, which slipped by double digits between March and June this year.

Survey results released on Monday by independent pollster Pulse Asia showed only 56 percent of Filipinos approve the President’s work, down 14 percentage points from 70 percent registered in March.

His trust rating took a 16-percentage point drop, settling at 53 percent from 69 percent at the end of the first quarter.

A survey taken by Social Weather Stations (SWS) from June 27 to 30 also showed that Aquino’s satisfaction rating plunged to "moderate" +25 percent from "good" +45 in March, the lowest since he succeeded the corruption-tainted and much reviled presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in June 2010.

Pulse Asia said Aquino’s approval rating suffered 19-point loss in Mindanao, the highest among geographical areas which also include Visayas, the National Capital Region and the rest of Luzon.

The President’s approval and trust ratings also decreased sharply in all socio-economic groupings.

For instance, Class ABC or those belonging to the educated and middle to high-income group gave Aquino a 42 percent trust rating in June compared to 62 percent three months prior.

A third of Filipinos could not say whether they approve the President’s performance and if they have trust in him.

Indecision concerning presidential performance and trustworthiness is a sentiment shared by 30 percent and 33 percent of Filipinos, respectively. The figures are higher than those obtained by Aquino in March (both at 22 percent).

In particular, the level of ambivalence towards the President’s work increased by 16 percentage points in Mindanao and 10 percentage points among the poor or Class D.

The ranks of undecided in terms of the President’s trustworthiness have significantly increased among Metro Manila residents and those belonging to Class D at 21 percentage points and 10 percentage points, respectively.

One in 10 Filipinos, meanwhile, expressed disapproval for the work done by the President as well as distrust in him. Pulse Asia said there was no “significant” movement from March in this category.

Sought for comment, political analyst Ramon Casiple advised Aquino to view the dwindling survey results as a challenge to work harder in his last two years in office.

"He needs to focus on legacy projects and initiatives. Clean up the Cabinet to present a new framework for his legacies. He has been tied down to the daang matuwid framework for too long," he told Sun.Star in a text message, referring to Aquino's anti-corruption and good governance slogan, which has been criticized for only going after political opponents like Arroyo and senators linked to the alleged misuse of Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

Pulse Asia said 1,200 adult respondents took part in the face-to-face interviews with a margin of error of ±3 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

Among the issues that pre-occupied the public during the survey period (June 24 to July 2) were the filing of plunder and graft charges in court against those involved in the pork barrel scam and the decision issued on July 1 by the Supreme Court (SC) declaring some acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

Various militant groups have called for Aquino’s ouster following the SC decision, which pointed out the Executive department’s violation of separation of powers and constitutional provision against the inter-branch transfer of appropriations.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, the alleged architect of the economic stimulus program, offered to resign last week but Aquino rejected it. (Sunnex)

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