President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Vice President Jejomar Binay are the most appreciated and most trusted officials, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
Binay’s approval and trust ratings soared at the last quarter of 2015, regaining lost ground.
The Vice President’s approval rating in December surged to 52 percent, up by nine percentage points from his 43 percent rating in September.
His overall trust rating also went up by 10 percentage points.
Binay is running for President under the opposition party United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Only Aquino eclipsed Binay’s approval and trust ratings.
The President got 55 percent approval rating in December, up one percentage point from the 54 percent he got in September. His trust rating also improved by four percentage points, from 49 percent in September to 53 percent in December.
Across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, Aquino posted majority approval ratings in Visayas (68 percent), Mindanao (62 percent) and Classes D (52 percent) and E (67 percent).
Binay, meanwhile, enjoyed gains in his approval rating in the rest of Luzon (+8 percentage points) and Visayas (+13 percentage points).
He also registered an increase in his approval score among Class E respondents (+20 percentage points) and a decrease in his indecision and disapproval ratings (both at -10 percentage points).
The Binay camp thanked the people for their continued support.
“As the Vice President welcomes the increase in his performance and trust ratings, he vows to vigorously push for his pro-poor agenda and tirelessly talk directly to the people,” Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesman on political concerns, said.
“He will continue to emphasize that our country needs an experienced and competent leader to work for inclusive growth that would benefit the poor and the marginalized,” he added.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino’s improved ratings indicate “a growing support for the government’s programs and initiatives that benefit the poor and marginalized sectors of our society.”
“We are greatly humbled by the show of support and trust by our citizens even as we continue to serve with greater passion and determination in order to deliver on vital social reform and development programs in the remaining months of the administration,” Coloma noted in a statement.
Senate President Franklin Drilon garnered an approval rating of 51 percent in December.
Indecision, however, was the predominant sentiment of respondents when asked about the performance of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
Nearly half of those polled were also unable to say whether they approve or disapprove of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s quarterly performance.
Drilon received majority approval scores from those in the rest of Luzon (52 percent) and Visayas (60 percent) and those belonging to Class D (51 percent) and Class E (52 percent).
Approval for the lawmaker’s work is the plurality opinion in Metro Manila (46 percent) and Mindanao (45 percent).
In Class ABC, he registered practically the same approval and indecision figures (45 percent and 37 percent, respectively).
Drilon’s trust rating was unchanged at 47 percent.
Among geographical locations, he obtained majority trust of 57 percent only from his fellow Visayans.
Belmonte obtained 24 percent trust of Filipinos—five percentage points lower than in September–while Sereno’s trust rating is at 25 percent, from 26 percent.
Not one key institution of government obtained a majority approval rating in the last quarter of 2015.
Pulse Asia conducted the survey among 1,800 respondents who are registered voters aged 18 and above.