Aquino gets 78% trust, approval ratings

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III's approval and trust ratings improved significantly in September, with 78% of Filipinos saying they're not only satisfied with his performance but trust him too.

The Pulse Asia survey results are almost similar to his ratings of 79% approval and 80% trust in May 2010, at the height of the presidential election which he eventually won by a landslide.

The survey, conducted from August 31 to September 7, found that Aquino's approval and trust ratings were both at 78%, an improvement from last May's 67% approval and 65% trust ratings.

Only 4% of Filipinos are critical of Aquino and distrust him while 18% are ambivalent.

Aquino registered majority approval and trust ratings across all geographic areas (75% to 80% and 71% to 80%, respectively) and socio-economic classes (72% to 83% and 75% to 86%, respectively).

The survey, however, noted that Aquino registered higher approval and trust ratings  among the poorest class, Class E, while indecision toward his performance and trustworthiness was more manifested among
the Classes A, B and C.

Across all geographic areas, Aquino registered double-digit gains in his approval ratings (+11 to  +18 percentage points) and socio-economic grouping (+10 to +14 percentage points). Presidential trust scores also go up by similar margins in practically all geographic areas (+12 to +16 percentage points) and socio-economic classes (+20 percentage points).

Fighting criminality and combatting corruption are the "national concerns" that Filipinos are most satisfied with in terms of government performance (66% and 64%), according to the same survey.

The administration also scored high approval ratings in enforcing the law (59%), creating more jobs (51%) and increasing the pay of workers (51%). However, disapproval ratings are more manifest in terms of controlling inflation (26%).

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted among 1,200 adult respondents. Prevalent issues at the period of the survey include the death of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, the magnitude- 7.9 quake that struck off Eastern Samar, ongoing discussions on the Reproductive Health Bill and the reported escape of former Palawan Gov Joel Reyes, among others.

In an earlier survey, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said the President has received his highest net satisfaction rating since he assumed his post in June 2010. In its August 24-27 survey, the SWS said
Aquino got a net satisfaction rating of +67. This rating was equivalent to “very good.”

Aquino jumped from a record low of +42 in May, the SWS said. - Rappler.com