More Pinoys ambivalent on gov't performance

By Helen Flores, The Philippine Star

Posted at Apr 29 2014 05:34 AM | Updated as of Apr 29 2014 01:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines - More Filipinos are ambivalent about the Aquino administration's performance on selected national issues, including efforts to fight corruption and reduce poverty, Pulse Asia's March survey showed.

Pulse Asia said indecision toward the administration’s efforts to control inflation was at 40 percent and reducing poverty (43 percent), up by 11 and 12 percentage points, respectively.

Only 26 percent of respondents approved of the administration’s efforts to control inflation and reduce poverty (30 percent).

The same approval and indecision figures were recorded in the areas of creating more jobs (41 percent versus 39 percent), controlling population growth (40 percent versus 39 percent) and increasing the pay of workers (38 percent versus 39 percent).

The only improvement in approval scores was the seven-percentage point increase on environmental protection efforts.

The survey conducted from March 19 to 26 showed that most Filipinos expressed appreciation for government efforts to fight criminality (59 percent) and promote peace in the country (52 percent).

Half of respondents also expressed approval of the government’s work in enforcing the rule of law (50 percent from 52 percent in December 2013) and fighting corruption in government (50 percent, up by five points).

Almost half of respondents also approved of the administration’s performance on defending the country’s territorial integrity (48 percent) and stopping environmental degradation (48 percent from 41 percent).

The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults.