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For nearly two out of five Filipinos, or 36 percent, President Benigno Aquino III may have broken his promise to follow his "Tuwid na Daan," according to a survey by pollster Pulse Asia.
The survey conducted September 8 to 15 showed only 29 percent believe Aquino fulfilled his promise of "Tuwid na Daan," while 34 percent were undecided.
In the survey, the respondents were asked to comment on the statement "President Aquino has fulfilled his promise to follow a straight path."
Of the respondents in Metro Manila, 36 percent disagreed, 30 percent agreed, while 33 percent were undecided. Of the respondents in Balance Luzon, 45 percent disagreed, 22 percent agreed, and 33 percent were undecided.
But in Visayas, 29 percent agreed, 26 percent disagreed, while 43 percent were undecided. In Mindanao, 43 percent agreed, 26 percent disagreed, while 30 percent were undecided.
"(B)ig pluralities in the rest of Luzon and Class ABC (45% and 43%, respectively) are inclined to think that President Aquino has failed to adhere to his 'Tuwid na Daan' policy. As for Visayans, the plurality sentiment is one of ambivalence (43%). And in Mindanao, a big plurality of residents (43%) say the President has fulfilled his promise to follow a straight path as the country's leader," Pulse Asia said.
In the 2010 elections, Aquino had run under a platform of "Tuwid na Daan."
By socioeconomic class
By socio-economic class, 43 percent of Class ABC disagreed with the statement that Aquino fulfilled his "Tuwid na Daan" promise, while 33 percent agreed and 24 percent are undecided.
Among Class D, 36 percent disagreed, 28 percent agreed, while 35 percent were undecided.
With the Class E, 32 percent disagreed, 29 percent agreed, while 37 percent were undecided.
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% error margin, also at 95% 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 CityHall 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 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