|(L-R) President Aquino, Vice President Binay, Senate President Enrile, House Speaker Belmonte and Chief Justice Sereno
MANILA – Approval ratings of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile dropped 27 percentage points in the latest Pulse Asia survey after a controversial word war over the distribution of the Senate’s funds.
The survey was conducted last January 19 to 30, 2013, at the height of the Senate squabble over the Senate’s excess funds. Enrile earlier admitted giving additional maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) funds to 18 senators without distributing the largesse to Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Antonio Trillanes IV and Pia Cayetano.
The word war resulted in the resignation of Enrile’s chief of staff, Atty. Gigi Reyes, after Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano revealed her clout inside the Senate.
The latest Pulse Asia survey showed Enrile’s ratings dropping 27 percentage points, from 73% in November 2012 to 46% in January 2013. This is due to an 11-percentage point increase in his disapproval ratings and a 15-percentage point increase in indecision among Filipino voters during the period.
“The plurality sentiment with regard to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile’s performance is one of appreciation (46%),” the survey said.
The same survey also showed Enrile’s trust ratings dropping by 21 percentage points, from 67% in November 2012 to 46% in January 2013.
The Senate’s trust ratings also dropped 13 percentage points, from 61% to 48%, during the period.
The Pulse Asia survey showed President Aquino and Vice-President Jejomar Binay continuing to enjoy majority approval ratings in the second half of January.
Aquino’s performance rating dropped 12 percentage points, from 78% in November 2012 to 66% in January 2013. Binay’s performance rating dropped 13 percentage points, from 82% in November 2012 to 69% in January 2013.
“At least a fourth of the public is undecided as regards the work done by President Aquino (28%) and Vice-President Binay (25%), the survey said.
Aquino and Binay continue to maintain sizeable majority trust ratings in the latest survey. Aquino enjoyed 68% trust rating in the January survey compared to Binay’s 71% trust rating.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno obtained lower approval ratings of 28% and 24% respectively.
“For these two officials, the near-majority or majority assessment of their performance is one of indecision, 49% for House Speaker Belmonte and 51% for Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno,” the survey said.
Of the 3 government institutions trust-rated in the survey, only the Supreme Court obtained a majority trust rating of 53%.
The House of Representatives is trusted by 44% of Filipinos while the Senate recorded a near majority trust rating of 48%.
The survey was based on interviews with 1,800 registered voters 18 years old and above. Pulse Asia’s 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: ± 7% for Metro Manila, ±3% for the rest of Luzon and ±5% for each of Visayas and Mindanao.
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