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VP Binay’s approval ratings drop in 3rd quarter —Pulse Asia


(Updated 9:21 a.m.) 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.
 
Trust ratings
 
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.
 
Drilon's trust rating was at 37 percent with 17 percent having small or no trust, and 45 percent undecided.
 
This was a fall from the 46 percent who had big trust in him in June, where 11 percent expressed small or no trust in him. Forty-two percent were undecided at the time.
 
Belmonte's trust rating was at 27 percent with 22 percent having small or no trust, and 50 percent undecided.
 
This was a dip from the 28 percent who had big trust in him in June, where 17 percent expressed small or no trust in him. Fifty-one percent were undecided at the time.
 
Sereno's trust rating was at 30 percent with 20 percent having small or no trust, and 49 percent undecided.
 
This was a dip from the 32 percent who had big trust in her in June, where 16 percent expressed small or no trust in her. Forty-nine percent were undecided at the time.

VP Binay
 
Pulse Asia said Binay, despite the drop in approval and trust ratings, is the only one among the five top officials who still has majority approval (55 to 75 percent) and trust (53 to 70 percent) ratings in all geographic areas.
 
This was also true for all socio-economic groupings, where he got 54 to 71 percent approval and 52 to 70 percent trust ratings.
 
Still, this was below his June trust numbers of 72 to 84 percent in geographic areas and 65 to 81 percent in socio-economic groupings.
 
Binay and his son Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. face plunder charges over the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building II. Both have denied the allegations against them and claimed this was part of a politically motivated smear job.
 
"Overall, appreciation for and trust in Vice-President Binay ease(d) during the period June to September 2014 (both at -15 percentage points). Similar changes occur(red) in Metro Manila (-16 and -14 percentage points, respectively) and the rest of Luzon (-16 and -14 percentage points, respectively)," it said.
 
Also, it said Binay's approval score in Class ABC and trust score in Mindanao declined (-19 and -14 percentage points, respectively).
 
It also said ambivalence regarding Binay's work and trustworthiness was "more manifest" at the national level both at +8 percentage points, but also in Class D both at +11 percentage points.
 
"Furthermore, the level of indecision on the matter of trusting or distrusting the Vice-President goes up in the Visayas (+13 percentage points)," it said.
 
Aquino
 
In Aquino's case, he has majority approval and trust ratings in the Visayas at 65 and 61 percent respectively; Mindanao at 68 and 65 percent respectively; Class D at 54 and 52 percent respectively; and Class E at 61 percent.
 
Pulse Asia added appreciation and trust are the "plurality sentiments" toward Aquino in Metro Manila (48 and 47 percent respectively), rest of Luzon (46 and 48 percent) and Class ABC (48 and 49 percent respectively).
 
Methodology
 
The nationwide survey interviewed 1,200 people aged 18 and up, and has a ± 3% error margin at the 95-percent confidence level.
 
Subnational estimates for geographic areas including Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have a ±6 percent error margin, also at 95 percent confidence level.
 
At the time the survey was taken, the following issues topped the headlines:
 
- the ongoing Senate investigation into reported overpricing in the Makati City Hall Building II. Witnesses claimed the bidding was rigged
 
- Albay Gov. Jose Salceda suggested that Vice President Binay be impeached over corruption charges in connection with the alleged overpricing
 
- junking of three impeachment complaints against President Benigno Aquino III, which were found insufficient in substance
 
- the 90-day suspension slapped on Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile emanating from the alleged P10-billion pork barrel mess
 
- arrest of the suspects in a foiled "bombing attempt" at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 on Sept. 1
 
- confirmation of Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. as Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff
 
- President Aquino's request to Congress for emergency powers so he can address an impending energy crisis in 2015
 
- the transmittal of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law to Congress
 
- calls for the resignation of Philippine National Police chief Director General Alan Purisima over crimes involving policemen and President Aquino's expression of trust in him
 
- a reported statement by Vice President Binay regarding his preference for trader Manuel Pangilinan as his running mate in May 2016
 
- talks of a second term for President Aquino
 
- Catholic Church leaders' preparations for Pope Francis' visit in January
 
- public uproar against the construction of a condominium tower in Manila that threatens to ruin the view of the Rizal Monument
 
- oath-taking of Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza as the newest member of the Supreme Court
 
- President Aquino's visit to Europe and the United States
 
- port congestion in Manila
 
- continuing woes experienced by passengers of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3.

—Joel Locsin/KG, GMA News
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