By Lilybeth G. Ison
Malacanang Wednesday said the all-time high trust rating of President Benigno S. Aquino III amplifies the public’s overwhelming support for him and the success of his initiatives towards positive change.
According to Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey for the 3rd quarter, Aquino’s approval and trust ratings improved significantly in early September.
The survey found the President’s approval and trust ratings were both at 78 percent, an improvement from the 67 percent approval and 65 percent trust ratings last May.
The survey, conducted Aug 31 to Sept 7, also found that only 4.0 percent of Filipinos were critical of the President and distrusted him while 18 percent were ambivalent.
The September survey results were almost back to his May 2010 ratings of 79 percent approval and 80 percent trust ratings.
Aquino also registered majority approval and trust ratings across all geographic areas (75% to 80% and 71% to 80%, respectively), and socio-economic classes (72% to 83% and 75% to 86%, respectively).
The survey noted the President registered higher approval and trust ratings among the poorest class — Class E — while indecision towards his performance and trustworthiness was more manifested among Classes A, B, and C.
Across all geographic areas, Aquino registered double-digit gains in his approval ratings (+11 to +18 percentage points), and socio-economic grouping (+10 to +14 percentage points).
Presidential trust scores also went up by similar margins in practically all geographic areas (+12 to +16 percentage points), and socio-economic classes (+20 percentage points), according to the Pulse Asia survey result.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a Malacanang news briefing these ratings “further amplify the public’s overwhelming support for the President and the success of his initiatives towards positive change as shown in surveys and reports from respected local and international organizations.
“We have always maintained that public office is a public trust.
“These sustained ratings affirm the Filipino people’s belief and confidence in the President, his leadership, and his administration’s relentless pursuit of reform.”
Meanwhile, the Aquino administration also scored high approval ratings in terms of fighting criminality (66%) and fighting corruption (64%), two issues deemed “urgent national concerns” by Filipinos.