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MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III's approval and trust ratings improved significantly early September, results of a recent Pulse Asia survey revealed on Wednesday.
The survey found that Aquino's approval and trust ratings were both at 78%, an improvement from last May's 67% approval and 65% trust ratings.
The Pulse Asia survey, conducted last August 31 to September 7, also found that only 4% of Filipinos were critical of Aquino and distrusted him while 18% were ambivalent. The September survey results were almost back to his May 2010 ratings of 79% approval and 80% trust.
Aquino 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, however, noted that Aquino registered higher approval and trust ratings among the poorest class, Class E, while indecision towardshis 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 go up by similar margins in practically all geographic areas (+12 to +16 percentage points) and socio-economic classes (+20 percentage points).
Meanwhile, the Aquino administration scored high approval ratings in terms of fighting criminality (66%) and fighting corruption (64%), two issues deemed "urgent national concerns" by 34% and 56% of Filipinos, respectively. It also scored high approval ratings in enforcing the law (59%), creating more jobs (51%), and increasing the pay of workers (51%). However, disapproval ratings were more manifest in terms of controlling inflation (26%).
The Pulse Asia survey was conducted among 1,200 adult respondents. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95% confidence level. Prevalent issues at the period of the survey include the death of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, the magnitude 7.9 quake that struck off Eastern Samar, ongoing discussions on the Reproductive Health Bill and the reported escape of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, among others.