MANILA, Philippines – Eight out of 10 Filipinos (80%) trust President Aquino and an almost the same number appreciate the work he is doing, according to the latest survey of Pulse Asia.
The survey conducted last November 23 to 29, 2012 showed that 78% of Filipinos approve of the President’s performance, compared to 6% who disapprove and 16% who are undecided. His approval rating was unchanged from the previous survey in September.
Aquino’s trust rating improved 2 percentage points from 78% in September to 80% in November. It improved slightly among respondents from Metro Manila (+8), Balance Luzon (+2) and Mindanao (+6). It also improved among Class ABC (+2) and D (+4) respondents.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the unprecedented ratings almost two and a half years into the Aquino administration "are indicative of the Filipino people’s continued support for and confidence in the President and the sweeping changes and programs he has tirelessly championed."
"We are encouraged by these survey results with the awareness that our continuing initiatives are producing results. We continue to be guided by the conviction that public office is and always will be a public trust and knowing that our countrymen remain solidly behind President Aquino and his administration," he added.
The survey also showed the Aquino administration registering majority approval ratings on 8 out of 11 issues. These include fighting criminality (+58), enforcing the law on all (+57), fighting graft and corruption (+55), increasing peace (+55), defending the country’s territorial integrity (+50), stopping abuse of environment (+49), improving pay of workers (+42), creating more jobs (+41) and controlling fast population growth (+34).
It scored low marks in reducing poverty of many Filipinos (+24) and controlling inflation (+18).
A total of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above were included in the Pulse Asia survey.
The survey has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level.