MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senate President Franklin Drilon posted significant increases in their trust and performance ratings, based on the latest Pulse Asia Survey.
Based on a survey of 1,200 respondents from March 19 to 26, almost 9 out of 10 Filipinos approved of the performance of Binay. He posted a 7-percentage point increase to 87% from 80% in the last survey in December.
His trust ratings improved 9-percentage points to 86%.
"The movements in President Aquino’s ratings at the national level and across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings are not considered significant as they fall within the relevant error margins.
"In contrast, Vice-President Binay and Senate President Drilon
experience gains in their national approval ratings (+7 and +15 percentage points, respectively) and overall trust ratings (+9 and +15 percentage points, respectively)," Pulse Asia said.
During the period when the survey was taken, Pulse Asia took note of the “posturings by a few individuals said to be interested in seeking the presidency in the May 2016 elections.”
Binay has been upfront of his plans for 2016, even breaking away from the PDP-Laban in order to create his own political party.
Drilon also posted a big surge in his ratings. Both his performance and trust ratings jumped 15 percentage points to 58% and 55%, respectively.
Despite the strong showing of Drilon, the survey showed another story for the ratings of both the Senate and House of Representatives. Both chambers of Congress continue to be embroiled in the pork barrel scam, which broke almost a year ago.
Approval rating for the Senate dropped to 41% from 45%, and disapproval also dropped to 14% from 24%.
The undecided spelled out the difference in both the scores at 42% from 29%.
The House of Representatives, on the other hand, also posted a 4-percentage point drop to 38% for its approval rating. Disapproval registered at 15% from 24%.
The undecided grew to 44% from 32%.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. posted a 7-percentage point drop to 36% from 43% in terms of his performance rating. His trust rating, on the other hand, also dropped to 31% from 38%.
Pulse Asia dismissed the drop in the ratings of President Benigno Aquino despite the changes in the scores. The survey firm said it was within the “margin of error” of plus/minus 3%.
Aquino’s performance rating dropped to 70% from 73%, while his trust rating dropped to 69% from 74%.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno also posted negative results. Her performance rating dropped to 40% from 44%, while her trust rating also slid to 36% from 41%.