MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although they continue to enjoy the approval of majority of Filipinos, President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay suffered drops in their approval ratings in the third quarter of 2014, according to a survey by Pulse Asia.
Binay particularly suffered a 15-percentage point drop in his ratings in the survey conducted last September 8 to 15.
Binay’s approval rating was at 66 percent, while his disapproval rating was at 10 percent. About 24 percent of respondents were undecided.
This was a 15-percent fall from his 81-percent approval rating in June. His disapproval rating at the time was four percent, with 16 percent undecided.
Aquino got a 55-percent approval rating and a 14-percent disapproval rating, with 31 percent of respondents undecided.
This was a slight one-percent dip from his 56-percent approval rating in June.
“Most Filipinos remain appreciative of the quarterly performance of President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay (55% and 66%, respectively),” Pulse Asia said.
The results were made public Tuesday.
Sereno, Drilon, Belmonte
The survey also showed people are relatively undecided on the performances of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Senate President Franklin Drilon, and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.
It added that while half of Filipinos “cannot say if they approve or disapprove” of the work of Belmonte, “indecision is the plurality sentiment” for the performance of Drilon and Sereno.
Drilon had a 39-percent approval rating and a 15-percent disapproval rating, with 45 percent undecided.
It was a fall from the 52-percent approval rating in June. In June, he got a 10-percent disapproval rating, with 38 percent undecided.
Belmonte had a 30-percent approval rating and an 18-percent disapproval rating, with 50 percent undecided.
This was a dip from his 33-percent approval rating in June, where he also got a 15-percent disapproval rating with 48 percent undecided.
Sereno had a 33-percent approval rating and 18-percent disapproval rating, with 46 percent undecided.
In June, her approval rating was 35 percent, with a 12-percent disapproval rating and 50 percent undecided.
Still, Pulse Asia said Aquino and Binay enjoy majority trust ratings, with Aquino having a 54-percent trust rating and Binay having a 64-percent rating.
Half of Filipinos are undecided on Belmonte’s trustworthiness while “near majorities” are ambivalent toward trusting Drilon and Sereno.
Distrust varies from 11 percent for Binay to 15 percent for Aquino and 22 percent for Belmonte.
In the September survey, Aquino’s trust rating was at 54 percent, with 15 percent small/no trust and 31 percent undecided.
This was a slight improvement from the 53 percent who had big trust in him in June, where 14 percent expressed small or no trust in him. Thirty-three percent were undecided at the time.
Binay’s trust rating was at 64 percent, with 11 percent having small or no trust, and 24 percent undecided.
This was a 15-percent fall from the 79 percent who had big trust in him in June, where five percent expressed small or no trust in him. Sixteen percent were undecided at the time.