MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo's approval and trust ratings dipped slightly in September but she continues to enjoy the majority support of Filipinos, according to the latest Pulse Asia Research, Incorporated survey released on Friday, October 13.
The survey, conducted between September 24 to 30, showed Robredo’s approval rating at 57%, 4 percentage points lower compared to her 61% rating in June.
Her trust rating also saw a 5-point decline from 60% in June to 55% in September.
Pulse Asia's nationwide survey has a ±3% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes described the dip in Robredo's ratings as a "slight decline," during an interview on ANC.
"In the case of Vice-President Robredo, she obtains majority approval scores (54% to 70% and 57% to 62%, respectively) and trust ratings (52% to 67% and 53% to 65%, respectively) in practically all geographic areas and socio-economic groupings," Holmes said in a statement sent to media on Friday.
"The exceptions are the non-majority approval and trust figures recorded by the Vice-President in Metro Manila (49% and 47%, respectively) and the best-off Class ABC (48% and 45%, respectively)," he added.
Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error margin, also at 95% confidence level, said Pulse Asia.
Geographically, Robredo’s performance and trust rating had the biggest drop in Balance Luzon, where her approval rating dipped by 10 percentage points, or to 56% in September from 66% in June, while her trust rating decreased by 13 percentage points to 53% from 66%.
The Vice President’s ratings also decreased in Mindanao to 54% in September from 60% in June. Her trust rating in Mindanao fell by 5 percentage points from 57% in June to 52% in September.
It's a different story in Metro Manila and the Visayas, where her approval and trust ratings increased.
From 44% in June, Robredo’s performance and trust ratings rose to 49% and 47%, respectively, in Metro Manila.
In the Visayas, the Vice President registered a 7-percentage point increase in approval to 70%, while her trust rating also increased by 6 points at 67%.
The same survey said Robredo had a “virtually constant” performance and trust ratings among the socio-economic classes.
Pulse Asia conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents nationwide.
The latest survey showed President Rodrigo Duterte as the most trusted, most appreciated national leader in the country with approval and trust ratings both at 80%. Robredo came in at second.
The pressing issues during the survey period include the Senate blue ribbon committee’s investigation into the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu into the country; the replacement of Caloocan City’s entire police force after the deaths of 3 teenagers including Kian delos Santos; the alleged ill-gotten wealth of President Rodrigo Duterte and his family, and the 45th anniversary of martial law.