MANILA - Vice-President Jejomar Binay suffered a huge drop in his approval and trust ratings in the latest Pulse Asia survey after being linked to alleged corruption during his time as mayor of Makati.
The survey, conducted last November 14 to 20, showed Binay's approval rating dropping from 66% in September to 45% in November, or a 21-percentage-point drop. The survey also showed Binay's disapproval rating increasing from 10% to 23% while those undecided increased from 24% to 32% during the same period.
Binay's trust ratings also suffered a huge drop in the latest survey. Trust in the Vice-President dropped from 64% in September to 44% in November, or a 20-percentage-point drop.
Those who distrust Binay increased from 11% to 26% while those undecided also increased from 24% to 30%.
The survey was conducted right after Binay rejected an invitation to appear before a Senate Blue Ribbon committee investigation on various corruption allegations in Makati when Binay was still mayor.
Ernesto Mercado, a former Makati vice-mayor, earlier accused Binay of receiving condominium units from several developers in exchange for tax concessions and permits.
Binay has rejected the corruption allegations as mere politicking by potential rivals in the 2016 presidential election.
The survey was also conducted after Binay cancelled a debate with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV despite first challenging the senator.
Trillanes later revealed that Binay backed out of the debate to prevent the public from knowing that the Makati mayor conspired with Magdalo soldiers to overthrow the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007.
BINAY LOSES BIG IN LUZON, CLASS E
According to the Pulse Asia survey, the slide in Binay's approval and trust ratings came from all socioeconomic classes and regions.
By area, Binay suffered the biggest drop in approval from among Luzon (-28) and Mindanao respondents (-26).
By socioeconomic class, Binay suffered the biggest drop from Class E (-25) and Class D (-21) respondents.
The same sentiment can be seen in his trust ratings. The biggest drop in Binay's trust ratings came from Luzon (-28) and Mindanao (-22) respondents.
Trust in Binay dropped by 26 percentage points among Class E respondents (from 70% to 44%); and 19 percentage points among Class D respondents (from 64% to 45%).
In a statement, Binay spokesman Joey Salgado said the Vice President "respects the results of the Pulse Asia survey."
"He is thankful for the continued trust and support of the people despite the campaign of lies being waged by his political detractors in the Senate and media," Salgado said.
"No amount of mudslinging will distract the Vice President from assisting our overseas Filipino workers, providing decent and affordable housing for all, and improving the quality of life of Filipinos."
ONLY PNOY GETS MAJORITY APPROVAL, TRUST
The same survey also showed that only President Aquino got majority and trust approval ratings from among the leading officials in government.
The survey showed Aquino getting a 59% approval rating in November, up from 55% in September. His trust rating also improved from 54% to 56% during the same period.
Other top officials also enjoyed an increase in their approval and trust ratings. Senate President Franklin Drilon's approval rating increased from 39% to 47% while those undecided with his performance dropped from 45% to 40%.
His trust rating also improved from 37% to 42% while those undecided dropped from 45% to 42%.
Meanwhile Pulse Asia noted that indecision is the plurality opinion concerning the performance and trustworthiness of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
At least 49% of respondents said they are undecided about Belmonte's work compared to only 34% who expressed approval.
Similarly, 46% of Filipinos said they are undecided about the work of Chief Justice Sereno compared to only 37% who approve of her work.
Indecision also marked the trust ratings of the two officials. More people were undecided (48%) if they trust Speaker Belmonte than those who said they trust him (31%).
Similarly, more respondents said they are undecided (45%) if they trust Chief Justice Sereno than those who said they trust her (33%).
A total of 1,200 representative adults participated 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.
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