Survey: 3 in 4 Filipinos trust, approve of Aquino

by Kris Danielle Suarez, abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at Mar 21 2011 12:45 PM | Updated as of Mar 22 2011 03:30 AM

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III enjoys the trust and approval of roughly 3 in 4 Filipinos, according to the March 2011 Ulat ng Bayan survey by pollster Pulse Asia released Monday.

In a press statement, Pulse Asia said 74% of Filipinos nationwide approve of the President's performance in the past 3 months, as compared to a single-digit disapproval rating of 7%.

Eighteen percent, meanwhile, are undecided on the matter, the pollster said.

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The President enjoys the highest approval ratings in the Visayas (83%), followed by Mindanao (78%), the rest of Luzon (72%), and Metro Manila (66%).

Metro Manila, meanwhile has the highest disapproval rating (9%), followed by the rest of Luzon (8%), Mindanao (7%), and the Visayas (4%).

Meanwhile, the region with the highest percentage of those undecided on his performance is Metro Manila (26%), followed by Luzon (20%), Mindanao (15%), and the Visayas (13%).

Across socio-economic classes, Aquino has the highest approval rating among Class E respondents (80%).

The highest disapproval rating among classes comes from Class D (8%).

Meanwhile 26% of respondents from Class ABC are undecided on the matter.

High trust

A "big majority" of Filipinos also trusts President Aquino, according to the survey, with majority trust ratings in all areas and socio-economic classes.

Nationwide, 75% of Filipinos trust the Chief Executive; 6% have small or no trust in him; while 20% are undecided.

He is most trusted in the Visayas, with 84% of respondents saying they have "big trust" in him.

Meanwhile, his highest distrust rating comes from Metro Manila, at 7%.

Among socio-economic classes, he enjoys a 78% trust rating among members of Class E, his highest.

On the other hand, his highest distrust rating comes from Class D, at 7%.

Changes from October 2010

Compared to the October 2010 Ulat ng Bayan survey, Pulse Asia noted that there were "no significant changes" in both the performance and trust ratings of the President, in all levels and socio-economic groupings.

Aquino's approval ratings dropped by 5 percentage points nationally, from 79% to the current 74%.

The disapproval rating rose by 4 percentage points, while the undecided rating remained unchanged.

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The biggest change was seen among respondents from the National Capital Region: from a 78% approval rating in October, it dropped 12 percentage points - the only double-digit change - to 66%, while the disapproval rating rose from 2% to 9%, a 7-point increase.

The "undecideds", meanwhile, also rose by 6 points, from 20% to 26%.

Across the board, among all subnational regions and socio-economic classes, Aquino's approval ratings dropped between 1 and 12 percentage points, while disapproval ratings rose in single digits.

The same trend is also seen in Aquino's trust ratings, with trust ratings decreasing and distrust ratings rising both among geographical regions and socio-economic classes.

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In addition, the percentage of people who are undecided on whether to trust or distrust the President all rose by single-digit percentage points (from 1 to 5 points).

Ratings on issues

Meanwhile, the 8-month-old adminisitration scored a majority approval on only 3 out of 11 national issues on which its performance was rated -- fighting graft and corruption, fighting criminality, and improving the national peace situation.

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On the other hand, Filipinos are most critical of the government's initiatives in controlling the prices of basic commodities and in poverty reduction. Meanwhile, there is a large number of people who are undecided on the way the administration is expanding sources of government funding and in population growth.

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There was a marked decline on the public's approval of the government's performance on six issues between October 2010 and March 2011 -- population control, job creation, fighting criminality, increase in workers' pay, and inflation control.

"Between October 2010 and March 2011, levels of public indecision remain practically unchanged on all 11 national issues," Pulse Asia also said.

The survey, conducted nationwide from February 24 to March 6, 2011, is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above, Pulse Asia disclosed.

The survey areas were divided into 4: Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey had a ± 3% error margin for the national level, and a ± 6% error margin for subnational estimates for the geographical areas covered, both at the 95% confidence level.

"Pulse Asia undertakes Ulat ng Bayan surveys on its own without any party singularly commissioning the research effort," the firm said.  (All tables courtesy of Pulse Asia)