President Benigno Aquino 3rd is the only top government official in the country who enjoys majority approval and trust of Filipinos.
Among the top five officials in the government, only Aquino managed to raise his trust and approval ratings to more than 50 percent or from 55 percent and 54 percent in the previous survey to 56 percent and 59 percent, respectively.
The approval rating of Vice President Jejomar Binay, who was recently investigated by the Senate on accusations of wrongdoings, dropped from 66 percent in September to 45 percent in November, or a 21-percentage-point drop. His trust rating also dropped from 64 percent to 44 percent.
Based on the survey, Aquino enjoyed majority approval and trust across almost all geographic areas and socio-economic classes, except in Metro Manila, where 49 percent of the respondents said they approved or trusted the President.
In contrast, Binay has a strong Metro Manila base where he enjoys 50 percent approval and 49 percent trust. His approval and trust ratings are lower in the Visayas, Mindanao and among Class D and Class E citizens.
The survey was conducted right after Binay rejected an invitation to appear before the Senate Blue Ribbon committee which was investigating claims that Binay benefited from the construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2 when he was the city mayor.
Binay denied the accusations, saying it was mere politicking by his potential rivals in the 2016 presidential election.
He said he respects the results of the Pulse Asia survey and remains 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.
He added that no amount of mudslinging will distract him from assisting overseas Filipino workers, providing decent and affordable housing for all, and improving the quality of life of Filipinos.
Meanwhile, Malacañang has expressed satisfaction over the survey results.
In a statement, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the latest survey reflects “the public’s continuing confidence in the administration, which from the beginning has endeavored to bring about reform and real change in the country.”
“From ensuring the inclusivity of growth to coordinating disaster relief and response efforts, the Aquino administration has taken great strides in safeguarding the well-being of our people. This dedication has translated into concrete benefits, as signified by increased employment opportunities and successive credit rating upgrades,” Lacierda said.
“Going into the next two years, the administration is committed to further building on the gains we have collectively achieved, propelling the country toward a future marked by true peace and inclusivity,” he added.
Aside from Aquino, other top officials also enjoyed an increase in their approval and trust ratings.
Senate President Franklin Drilon’s approval rating increased from 39 percent to 47 percent. His trust rating also improved from 37 percent to 42 percent.
Meanwhile, Pulse Asia said indecision was the plurality opinion concerning the performance and trustworthiness of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
At least 49 percent of the respondents said they are undecided about Belmonte’s work compared to only 34 percent who expressed approval.
Similarly, 46 percent of Filipinos said they are undecided about the work of Chief Justice Sereno compared to only 37 percent who approve of her work.
There were more people who said they were undecided (48 percent) if they trust Belmonte than those who said they trust him (31 percent).
Forty-five percent of the respondents also said they are undecided (45 percent) if they trust Sereno than those who said they trust her (33 percent).
A total of 1,200 representative adults participated were interviewed in the survey, which had a ± 3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.