President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s approval and trust ratings soared based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, besting the four highest officials in government.
Pulse Asia’s Ulat ng Bayan survey released on Monday showed that Aquino secured a majority approval rating of 52 percent, a three-point jump from the rating he got in January.
Majority of respondents from Luzon zon (51 percent), Visayas (59 percent) and Mindanao (58 percent) approved of the President’s work in the past three months, the pollster said.
His lowest approval rating comes from the National Capital Region or
Metro Manila (33 percent) and among class ABC respondents (45 percent). His approval rating among Class D respondents was 50 percent.
On the other hand, 18 percent of the respondents disapproved of Aquino’s performance while 30 percent were undecided.
In Metro Manila, public opinion toward Aquino’s work was split three-way: 36 percent were critical, 33 percent expressed approval and 32 percent were ambivalent.
The President’s trust rating got the highest jump among government officials included in the survey–a 10-point increase from January’s 39 percent to March’s 49 percent.
Pulse Asia noted that Aquino scored small majorities in his trust rating in the Visayas (58 percent), Mindanao (57 percent) and Class E (54 percent). He also got a plurality sentiment in the rest of Luzon (45 percent) and Class D (48 percent).
Vice President Jejomar Binay’s approval rating suffered a one-point dip– 46 percent from January’s 47 percent.
The Vice President’s trust rating also decreased from 48 percent in February to 44 percent in March.
Meanwhile, Senate President Franklin Drilon posted an approval rating of 46 percent and a trust rating of 42 percent.
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno got an approval rating of 31 percent and a trust rating of 30 percent.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. got an approval rating of 30 percent and a trust rating of 27.
In the latest survey, there was a “more notable” rise in the approval for the performance of Belmonte and Sereno at the national level (up by six percent for both), in Mindanao (+11 and +18 percent, respectively) and Class D (+7 and +6 percent, respectively).
The survey also showed that the Supreme Court is the only government institution that scored a majority approval rating at 52 percent.
It was followed by the Senate with an approval rating of 49 percent and the House of Representatives, 41 percent.
During the conduct of the survey, some of the major issues that were in the news were the Supreme Court ruling on Sen. Grace Poe’s disqualification case; the first presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro City; the start of the investigation of the $81-million Bangladesh Bank heist; the death of former senator Jovito Salonga; and the recommendation of the Commission on Audit that Binay be charged over the Makati City Hall Building 2 controversy.
The survey had 1,800 respondents, all of whom are registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus/minus two percent and 95 percent confidence level.