VP Binay gets higher approval, trust ratings: Pulse


MANILA (UPDATED) - Vice President Jejomar Binay scored higher approval and trust ratings in the last quarter of 2015, results of the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed Wednesday. 

The survey, conducted last December 4 - 11, 2015, showed Binay getting a 52 percent approval rating last quarter. This is nine percentage points higher than the 43 percent he got in September 2015. 

Similarly, Binay's trust rating also improved from 39 percent in September 2015 to 49 percent in December 2015, or an increase of 10 percentage points. 

Only President Benigno Aquino III got higher approval and trust ratings than Binay. The President got 55% approval rating in December, up one percentage point from the 54% he got in September. 

The President's trust rating also improved by four percentage points, from 49% in September to 53% in December. Pulse Asia said only President Aquino enjoys the trust of most Filipinos in December 2015. 

MalacaƱang welcomed the results of the survey, saying these only show the continued trust of the Filipino people on Aquino's programs.

"We welcome the continued high approval ratings of the President. Ordinarily, if you look at the historical surveys on the last term of a president, normally the approval ratings go down. For one reason or another, it happens. In this President, you see a reversal of that trend. It has been marked by a consistent high approval ratings and we welcome that," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

"It shows the continued trust of the people on the programs and the efforts of President Aquino and in his principle that no one should be left behind. So patuloy po namin gagawin ang aming trabaho sa nalalabing anim na buwan sa kanyang pagka-Pangulo," he added.

The camp of Binay, likewise, expressed gratitude for the public's continued support for the vice president.

"As the Vice President welcomes the increase in his performance and trust ratings, he vows to vigorously push for his pro-poor agenda and tirelessly talk directly to the people," said Atty. Rico Quicho, vice presidential spokesperson for political concerns.

"He will continue to emphasize that our country needs an experienced and competent leader to work for inclusive growth that would benefit the poor and the marginalized."

The private pollster, meanwhile, noted Senate President Franklin Drilon enjoys a small approval rating of 51% in December. On the other hand, indecision is the predominant sentiment concerning the work done by House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr (51%) while nearly half of Filipinos are also unable to say whether they approve or disapprove of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's quarterly performance. 

"Disapproval ratings of these leading government officials range from 11% for Senate President Drilon to 23% for Vice-President Binay," Pulse Asia said. 

The survey showed Binay enjoyed gains in his approval rating in the rest of Luzon (+8 percentage points) and the Visayas (+13 percentage points). 

He also registered an increase in his approval score among Class E respondents (+20 percentage points) and a decrease in his indecision and disapproval ratings (both at -10 percentage points). 

Binay scored majority trust scores among rest of Luzon (52%) and Class respondents (62%). 

Meanwhile, the Senate received 47% approval rating in December, up from 44% in September, in the Pulse Asia survey. 

The House of Representatives' approval rating was at 40% in December, from 39% in September.

Only the Supreme Court registered a drop in its approval rating, from 49 percent in September to 45 percent in December.

The Pulse Asia survey used a multistage probability sample of 1,800 registered voters 18 years old and above. The nationwide survey has a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95% confidence level: ± 6% for Metro Manila, ± 3% for the rest of Luzon and ± 5% for each of Visayas and Mindanao. -- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News