MANILA - The Supreme Court continues to enjoy higher approval and trust ratings compared to the Senate and the House of Representatives, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released Monday.
The survey, conducted last June 24 to July 2, showed the High Court getting 49 percent approval rating and 42 percent trust rating from Filipinos.
This is compared to 33 percent approval rating and 31 percent trust rating for the Senate; and 34 percent approval rating and 29 percent trust rating for the House of Representatives.
Pulse Asia said not one of the three government institutions included in the survey's performance and trust probes succeeded in scoring majority approval and trust ratings in June 2014.
A total of 1,200 representative adults from all over the country participated in the survey. The survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
Issues that preoccupied Filipinos during the survey period include the filing of charges against Senators Jinggoy Estrada, Bong Revilla and Juan Ponce Enrile; the declaration of several acts under the disbursement acceleration program as unconstitutional; the Sandiganbayan order to suspend former President Arroyo for 90 days, President Aquino's decision to reject the nomination of Nora Aunor as National Artist, and several others.
According to Pulse Asia, the Supreme Court is the only institution that got majority approval ratings among Class E (54%) and Mindanao (55%) respondents.
"Appreciation is the plurality sentiment regarding the latter's work in the other geographic areas and socioeconomic classes (45% to 50% and 46% to 47%, respectively)," it said.
On the other hand, the pollster said big pluralities to small majorities in these sub-groupings expressed ambivalence regarding the work done by the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The survey said the Senate experienced an 8 percentage point drop in its national approval score between March and June 2014, while its overall disapproval rating increased by 9 percentage points.
The biggest drop in the Senate's approval ratings were recorded among respondents from Metro Manila (-14 percentage points), Mindanao (-15) and Class ABC (-19).
On the other hand, Pulse Asia said the changes in the respective overall performance ratings of the Supreme Court and the House of Representatives are "marginal in nature as they fall within the
survey’s overall error margin of +/- 3 percentage points."
It said the only marked movement in the performance ratings of the Lower House and the Supreme Court is the decline in the latter's approval rating in Class D (-10 percentage points).