MANILA, Philippines - Among the present crop of presidential candidates, only Senators Manny Villar Jr. and Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III enjoy majority trust ratings from Filipino voters, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed Wednesday.
The January 22-26 survey showed that 70% of Filipinos had much trust for Villar, compared to 64% for Aquino. Eighteen percent of voters said they were undecided about Villar while 23% said the same for Aquino. Both candidates had the same percentage of voters (12%) saying that they had little trust for the two candidates.
Aquino and Villar were statistically tied in the last presidential survey conducted by Pulse Asia last January 22 -26. Thirty-seven percent of Filipino voters said they would vote for Aquino in the presidential election while 35% said they chose Villar. (Read: Aquino, Villar tied in Pulse Asia survey)
All the other presidential candidates registered lower trust ratings among voters, including former President Joseph Estrada (33%), former Defense Secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro (32%), Sen. Richard Gordon (26%), JIL founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva (15%), Sen. Jamby Madrigal (14%), financial consultant Vetallano Acosta (5%), Olongapo councilor JC de los Reyes (4%) and environmentalist Nicanor Perlas (4%).
The survey showed that public assessment of the trustworthiness of administration candidate Teodoro is divided with 36% of Filipinos ambivalent on the matter and 31% distrusting him.
Unlike Villar and Aquino, the other candidates had higher distrust ratings than their trust ratings: Estrada (37%), Gordon (34%), Villanueva (53%), Madrigal (47%), Acosta (51%), de los Reyes (50%) and Perlas (54%).
Among the vice-presidential candidates, only Senators Manuel Roxas II and Loren Legarda are trusted by most Filipinos (73% and 61%). On the other hand, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay is enjoying big trust from 44% of Filipino voters.
Other vice-presidential candidates registered higher distrust ratings than trust ratings including former Optical Media Board chairman Edu Manzano (20% - trust, 45% - do not trust), former MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando (18% - trust, 46% - do not trust), TV personality Jay Sonza (10% - trust, 57% - do not trust), former SEC Chairman Perfecto Yasay (8% - trust, 58% - do not trust), Jun Chipeco Jr. (5% - trust, 52% - do not trust).
The Pulse Asia survey used a probability sample of 1,800 adults. 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: ± 6% for Metro Manila, ±4% for the rest of Luzon and ±5% for each of Visayas and Mindanao.
Arroyo trust rating reaches record low
The Pulse Asia survey showed that nearly 7 in 10 Filipinos (68%) distrust President Arroyo while only about 1 in 10 (11%) expressed trust in her.
According to Pulse Asia, Mrs. Arroyo's current overall trust rating is the same as that recorded in December 2009 and is the lowest she has attained since March 2001.
"On the other hand, the present overall distrust rating of President Arroyo - practically the same as the December 2009 figure (67%) is her highest distrust rating since March 2001," Pulse Asia said.
The survey showed that the President scored majority distrust ratings in every geographic area including sub-regions and socio-economic class ranging from 54% in Eastern Visayas to 82% in Western Visayas. Public ambivalence as regards the trustworthness of President Arroyo is most pronounced among those in Northern/Central Luzon (26%), Eastern Visayas (27%), Region 10 and Caraga (33%).
Arroyo, Ramos endorsements
The same survey, meanwhile, showed that more Filipinos would probably not vote for a candidate endorsed by either President Arroyo or former president Fidel Ramos.
The survey showed that 52% of Filipino voters said they would surely not vote for any candidate endorsed by President Arroyo. Another 22% said they would probably not vote for Arroyo's preferred candidate, compared to 12% who said they would probably vote for Arroyo's choice and 4% said they would surely vote for Arroyo's anointed.
On the other hand, 40% of voters said they would surely not vote for a candidate endorsed by Ramos while another 25% said they would probably not vote for a candidate endorsed by the former president.
Twenty-one percent of voters said they would probably not vote for Ramos' choice while 5% said they would vote for Ramos' choice.