Binay suffers huge ratings decline; no longer most trusted exec
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay is no longer the official with the highest performance and trust ratings according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The poll, conducted November 14 to 20 among 1,200 respondents, showed that Binay’s rating dropped by 21 percentage points (from 66 percent in September to only 45 percent in November) while President Benigno Aquino III’s rose from 55 percent to 59 percent last month.
His trust rating also plunged by 20 percentage points, from 64 percent in September to 44 percent in November.
The survey was conducted as the Senate investigation on the Makati City parking building was ongoing. It also coincided with Binay’s decision not to push through with the debate between him and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
Among the five highest officials in the country, Binay slid to third place after Aquino and Senate President Franklin Drilon, whose performance approval rating increased by eight percentage points, from 39 percent in September to 47 percent in November.
Both Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (from 33 percent to 37 percent in November) and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (from 30 percent to 34 percent) enjoyed a slight increase of four percentage points.
“Among the leading officials of the national government, it is only President Benigno S. Aquino III who succeeds in scoring majority overall approval and trust ratings in this survey (59% and 56%, respectively),” Pulse Asia said.
“As far as disapproval and distrust figures are concerned, numerically speaking, the highest ones are recorded by Vice-President Binay (23% and 26%, respectively) while the lowest figures are posted by President Aquino (11% and 13%, respectively),” it added.
Disapproval and indecision
Binay’s disapproval rating increased by 13 percentage points (from only 10 percent in September to 23 percent in November).
On the other hand, fewer people said they disapproved of Aquino (11 percent from 14 percent in September), Drilon (13 percent, from 15 percent), Belmonte (15 percent from 18 percent), and Sereno (14 percent, from 18 percent).
Indecision also increased when asked about Binay’s performance as vice president. Those who said they were undecided with Binay’s performance increased to 32 percent in November or the fourth quarter of the year, from only 24 percent during the third quarter.
This ran against the dip in undecided votes for the work of Aquino (30 percent, from 31 percent in September), Drilon (40 percent, from 45 percent), Belmonte (49 percent, from 50 percent) and Sereno (remained at 46 percent).
Binay’s trust ratings also suffered, falling from 64 percent in September to 44 percent last month, as Aquino (56 percent, up by two percentage points from last quarter), Drilon (42 percent, up by five points), Belmonte (31 percent, up by 27 points), and Sereno (33 percent, up by 3 points) enjoyed improved ratings.
Those who said they distrusted Binay were up by 15 percentage points, now 26 percent from only 11 percent in September.
Aquino’s distrust rating was at 13 percent (down from 15 percent in September), Drilon’s at 15 percent (down from 17 percent), Belmonte’s at 18 percent (down from 22 percent) while Sereno’s was at 19 percent (down from 20 percent).
Those who were undecided whether they trust or distrust Aquino remained at 31 percent, Drilon at 42 percent (from 45 percent in September), Belmonte at 48 percent (from 50 percent) and Sereno at 45 percent (from 49 percent).
Losing Class E
Of the social classes, Aquino’s approval rating increased by 11 points among Class ABC and by 5 points among members of Class D. However, he dropped by four points when it came to Class E.
Binay also experienced the biggest drop when it came to Class E, falling 25 points from 71 percent in September to 46 percent last month. His rating also dropped by 21 points for Class D and by 13 points for Class ABC.
Drilon, Belmonte and Sereno all had an increased approval rating among members of Class ABC.
Most of the officials enjoyed an increase in trust ratings, except Binay.
Binay’s trust rating dropped by 14 points among Class ABC, by 19 points among Class D and by 26 points among Class E.
Aquino trust rating improved for Class ABC and D but dropped by nine points for Class E. Belmonte and Sereno experienced the same.
Among the major islands and regions, Aquino’s approval rating increased by eight percentage points for the rest of Luzon.
Binay’s performance rating declined by 11 points in the National Capital Region (NCR), by 28 points in Balance of Luzon, by seven points in Visayas and by 26 points in Mindanao.
The same trend was observed when it came to Binay’s trust ratings. His trust ratings decreased by 11 points in NCR, 28 points in Balance of Luzon, seven points in Visayas and 22 points in Mindanao.
Originally posted: 12:44 PM | Friday, December 12th, 2014
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