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Aquino, Binay maintain majority trust, approval ratings in latest Pulse Asia poll
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MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay continue to enjoy majority trust and approval ratings, the results of a late February survey by polling firm Pulse Asia showed.

Pulse Asia, however, said the survey showed "no significant changes" in the ratings of the country's top government officials between January and February.

The survey results showed Aquino with an approval score of 68 percent and trust score of 69 percent, and Binay with a slightly higher approval score of 70 percent and trust score of 72 percent.

The survey was conducted from February 24 to 28, just as the standoff between followers of the Sulu sultanate and Malaysian security forces in Sabah was becoming a major issue but before it erupted in violence.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile scored a near majority approval score of 46 percent and a 43 percent trust score.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno earned the lowest approval and trust scores among the top government officials in the country.

Belmonte got an approval score of 27 percent and trust score of 23 percent, while Sereno earned a 26 percent approval rating and 22 percent trust rating.

The survey showed Aquino and Binay taking majority approval and trust scores across geographic areas and socioeconomic classes.

Of the three government institutions included in the survey, the Supreme Court was the only one that earned a majority trust rating, albeit small at 52 percent.

The Senate rated 49 percent and the House of Representatives, 44 percent.

The survey was conducted among 1,800 registered voters with a +/-2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

Other prevailing issues at the time of the survey were the continued dismantling of the USS Guardian at Tubbataha Reef and the release of the NBI report on the Atimonan killings, among others.