President Arroyo has continued to struggle with her low levels of public approval as more Filipinos voiced their disapproval and distrust against her during the past year, the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey said Wednesday.
"Year-on-year, the only notable movement in President Arroyo’s overall ratings is the 7-percentage point increase in her disapproval rating from 39 percent in October 2007 to 46 percent in October 2008," the analysis said, referring to the Ulat ng Bayan national survey on Presidential Performance and Trust Ratings.
In addition, the analysis noted Mrs. Arroyo's uphill battle as she tries to win public approval (27%) and trust (24%).
Meanwhile, 46 percent of those polled said they disapprove of the President and her actions while 51 percent said they do not trust the Chief Executive.
Pulse Asia said the negative reaction to the President pervade in all areas and socio-economic classes nationwide.
"Metro Manila respondents appear to be most critical of the President (65 % expressing disapproval as well as distrust ) while those from Luzon excluding Manila post significantly lower levels of disaffection (42% disapproval and 46% distrust)," it said.
In terms of socio-economic classes, those from Class ABC (34 percent) were the most appreciative of the President's programs while 31 percent said they trust her.
"She fares relatively better in terms of public assessments of her presidential performance, gaining an 11-percentage point increase among the better-off Class ABC," the Pulse Asia analysis said.
Metro Manila residents, meanwhile, had the lowest approval (14 percent) and trust (13 percent) ratings for the President.
Mindanao, however, was an improvement for Mrs. Arroyo.
"Across geographic areas, presidential performance and trust ratings generally improve in Mindanao where approval and trust ratings, and conversely, disapproval and distrust ratings, show double-digit changes (12 percentage points increase in approval and trust ratings and -15 to -18 percentage points decline in disapproval and distrust ratings) between July and October 2008," Pulse Asia said.
As for Mrs. Arroyo's quarterly grade, Pulse Asia said that based on data, "low level presidential performance and trust ratings are generally unchanged year-on-year as well as between July and October 2008."
Pulse Asia said the non-commissioned Ulat ng Bayan survey was done from October 14 to 27, 2008 using 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above and had a ± 3% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.