VICE President Jejomar Binay is worried that his good showing in the latest Pulse Asia survey will galvanize his political opponents to intensify the smear campaign against him and his family.
According to the March survey on the performance and trust ratings of the country’s top five government officials, Binay had approval and trust ratings of 87 percent and 86 percent, respectively. Pulse Asia said his performance rating went up by seven percent while his trust rating also increased by nine percent.
The Vice President thanked President Benigno Aquino 3rd and the public for their continued trust and support.
He, however, expressed apprehension that the survey will lead to an intensified black propaganda against him and his family.
“It is my hope that the same trust and support extended by the President and the people will not be used as an excuse to intensify the smear campaign against me and my family,” Binay said.
The survey also showed that the Vice President had majority approval scores in every geographic area, which ranged from 79 percent to 92 percent.
Binay also registered majority approval scores in all economic classes, ranging from 80 to 88 percent.
The Vice President was rated highest by the D and E socio-economic classes, registering 88 percent and 87 percent, respectively, in approval scores, and 86 percent and 87 percent in trust scores.
“Whatever the results of the survey, my determination to uphold my responsibilities and serve our countrymen will never change,” Binay said.
Malacanang on Monday also welcomed the results of the Pulse Asia survey showing only a “marginal” drop in Aquino’s approval and trust ratings.
The Pulse Asia survey showed that seven out of 10 Filipinos or 70 percent appreciated the work done by the President in the first quarter of this year.
Aquino’s latest trust rating was slightly lower than the 73 percent recorded in the last quarter of 2013.
His trust ratings sharply dropped in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) to 57 percent from 69 percent, and in Visayas to 69 percent from 81 percent, the survey showed.
The President’s trust ratings among the Class E also dropped drastically to 69 percent from 80 percent, the poll said.
Despite the decline, “the majority sentiment is one of trust in him,” the pollster added.
“Distrust is a sentiment shared by only 9 percent of Filipinos while 22 percent cannot say if they trust or distrust the President,” it said.
The President’s performance ratings also dipped to 70 percent in March from 73 percent in December 2013, the survey said.
The decline was more prominent in the National Capital Region (to 57 percent from 69 percent) and in the Visayas (to 72 percent from 82 percent). The dip was also sharp among the members of the Class ABC (to 62 percent from 71 percent) and among Class E (to 70 percent from 79 percent).
But the pollster said the changes in Aquino’s trust and performance ratings were only “marginal movements” and thus were not “significant.”
The survey was conducted from March 19 to 26.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said the survey 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.”
At a press conference, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino and his Cabinet remain focused on the priority programs of the Philippine Development Plan.
“We are gratified that the President continues to enjoy a high trust rating,” Coloma told reporters.
He said the President is open to criticisms and willing to take suggestions from all concerned sectors of society.