The trust rating of President Benigno Aquino 3rd dropped down by 5 percentage points to 69 percent in March from his previous approval rating of 74 percent in December last year, according to Pulse Asia.
The survey conducted from March 19 to 26 showed that Aquino also got an approval rating of 70 percent, down by three percentage points from 73 percent in December.
Pulse Asia, however, considers the decline “marginal” because of the +/- 3 percent margin of error.
Despite the decline in the President’s trust and performance ratings, Malacañang said “the confidence and trust of the Filipino people in President Aquino remains overwhelming.”
“The most recent sampling of public opinion is the latest manifestation that the President’s efforts, his governance and the administration’s mission to empower our people by instituting permanent change, are indivisible from the aspirations and efforts of our people as a whole,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said in a statement.
“The President time and again has said that the Filipino people are his strength. These results steel the resolve of the President and his team to accelerate even further the pursuit of progress, as we continue to tread the straight path to inclusive growth,” she added.
Meanwhile, the President received approval scores between 57 percent and 80 percent in geographic areas Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. His scores among socio-economic classes ABC, D, and E (upper-to-middle and poorest classes) range from 62 percent to 72 percent.
Respondents from the Visayas and Mindanao were “more inclined to approve of the President’s work than Metro Manilans” with 72 percent to 80 percent versus 57 percent.
Pulse Asia noted that higher levels of trust in Aquino were obtained in the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao than in Metro Manila (69 percent to 76 percent versus 57 percent).
It said that while single-digit distrust figures were registered in the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as well as Classes D and E (4 percent to 9 percent), double-digit ratings were posted in Metro Manila and Class ABC (21 percent and 14 percent, respectively).
Pollsters interviewed 1,200 Filipino adults who are at least 18 years old.