LOOKING BACK: How Aquino fared in past surveys

Reynaldo Santos Jr

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LOOKING BACK: How Aquino fared in past surveys
The President enjoyed enviable numbers in previous years

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III is not getting a favorable reception from the general public towards the end of his presidency.

In the survey results released by pollsters Pulse Asia and Social Weather Station (SWS), Aquino’s recent ratings show a significant decline, suggesting that the President might not have a graceful exit from Malacañang.

Recent survey results oppose those of the old polls, which were giving Aquino favorable outcomes.

Let’s look back at some of the most recent survey results, and see how various issues have affected the President’s survey scores.

LOWEST RATINGS: President Benigno Aquino III suffers his lowest ratings after the SC ruling on the Disbursement Acceleration Program. Malacañang file photo

March 2015, Pulse Asia
Approval rating: 38% (down by 21% from last survey)
Trust rating: 36% (down by 20% from last survey)

Aquino’s ratings hit an all-time low due to the Mamasapano incident. Among the issues that have generated negative feedback from the public include his absence during the arrival honors for the fallen Special Action Forces (SAF) personnel, and his involvement in the planning of the botched operation.

November 2014, Pulse Asia
Approval rating: 59% (up by 4% from last survey)
Trust rating: 56% (up by 2% from last survey)

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the survey results reflect the public’s confidence in the administration, especially with Aquino’s attendance in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders’ Meeting in China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Myanmar during the survey period.

Some of the important developments during the polling period were the Senate probe on corruption allegations against Vice President Jejomar Binay, and the Senate inquiry into the supposed overpricing of the Ilolilo Convention Center endorsed by Drilon.

September 2014, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 59% (up by 3% from last survey)

SWS said the results are an improvement from the last survey, “when satisfaction with the Aquino administration’s performance showed a steep decline.” The Aquino government was rated “very good” in helping disaster victims (+52), and got “good” net ratings for other issues.

September 2014, Pulse Asia
Approval rating: 55% (down by 1% from last survey)
Trust rating: 54% (up by 1% from last survey)

Pulse Asia said Aquino’s performance and trust ratings were “generally constant between June and September 2014”. During these period, it was Binay who was hurled with a lot of issues, making him the biggest loser in this round of survey.

June 2014, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 56% (down by 10% from last survey)

The SWS survey showed negative net satisfaction ratings for the Aquino’s administration’s handling of 4 issues: resolving the Maguindanao massacre case with justice, ensuring oil firms don’t take advantage of oil prices, fighting inflation, and ensuring that no family will be hungry.

June 2014, Pulse Asia
Approval rating: 56% (down by 14% from last survey)
Trust rating: 53% (retained)

Aquino’s satisfaction and approval ratings suffered double-digit drops, putting an end to his 4-year winning streak in public opinion polls. During the polling period, Aquino has defended the constitutionality of DAP, and Malacañang has rejected the nomination of actress Nora Aunor as National Artist for Film.

March 2014, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 66% (down by 3% from last survey)

Public satisfaction with the performance of Aquino remained at a “good” level in March, though he suffered a drop in his scores among well-off Filipinos, and those in Luzon (excluding Metro Manila).

March 2014, Pulse Asia
Approval rating: 70% (down by 3% from last survey)

Among social classes, those at the opposite ends – Class ABC and the poorest Class E – gave Aquino a lower approval rating in this survey.

During the survey period, dominant issues then include the investigation into the pork barrel scam, the arrest of Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee for syndicated estafa, the power crisis in Mindanao, the Manila Electric Company refund, peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), talks on an enhanced defense agreement with the United States, and tensions between the Philippines and China over claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

December 2013, Pulse Asia
Approval rating: 73% (down by 6% from last survey)

The survey was conducted after the Philippines suffered a series of disasters, including the strong earthquake in Bohol and Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit the Visayas. Aquino faced widespread criticism because of the government’s slow response and political squabbling in the relief efforts.

The survey shows a significant decline in Aquino’s rating in Luzon, excluding Metro Manila.

December 2013, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 69% (up by 1% from last survey)
Overall 2013 rating: 55% (up by 2% from 2012)

Similar to the Pulse Asia survey, this survey was also released after the disasters in the Visayas, and has covered the widespread criticism against Aquino due to the government’s disaster response. The government’s slow response, however, did not pull down Aquino’s ratings in this survey.

September 2013, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 68% (down by 8% from previous survey)

Malacañang blamed the pork barrel scam as the reason for the rise in the public’s dissatisfaction with the Chief Executive.

A separate Pulse Asia survey earlier released show that a big majority of Filipinos believe that pork barrel misuse continues under the current administration.

June 2013, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 76% (up by 2% from last survey)

This survey was conducted weeks before the 2013 State of the Nation Address (SONA). Aquino enjoys improvement in his satisfaction ratings in the Visayas and Metro Manila, but dropped in Mindanao and in Balance Luzon.

Lacierda said in a statement after the release of the survey that it is “an affirmation that our reforms, good government initiatives, and social investments are producing results.”

June 2013, Pulse Asia
Trust rating: 77%
Performance rating: 73%

This survey is also conducted weeks before that year’s SONA, and reflected an improvement in Aquino’s trust and performance ratings in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Lacierda said in a statement after the release of the survey that the “trust and performance poll are indicative of the Filipino people’s continued support for and confidence in the President and the sweeping changes and programs he has championed since day one.”

November 2012, Pulse Asia
Trust rating: 80% (up from 78% from last survey)
Performace rating: 78% (unchanged from last survey)

In this survey, Aquino finally caught up with the rankings of Binay, who trumped him in previous trust and approval surveys. Binay, however, still obtained higher ratings than Aquino.

Issues during the survey period include the passage of the Sin Tax Bill, the debates on the Reproductive Health bill, and the approval of the Freedom of Information Bill at the committee level, the Commission on Elections’ party-list purge, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s failure to meet its October 2012 target.

August 2012, SWS
Satisfaction rating: 77% (up by 14% from last survey)

Aquino received his highest satisfaction rating since he assumed his post in June 2010. SWS also claimed it was the third highest SWS satisfaction rating for a Philippine president since 1986.

Malacañang said the survey “mirrors the strong showing of the Philippines,” such as in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report where the country jumped 10 notches to rank 65th. – Rappler.com

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