MANILA - Not even super typhoon "Yolanda" could significantly dent President Benigno Aquino III's approval and trust ratings, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The new survey showed Aquino getting an approval rating of 73 percent in December 2013, down 6 percentage points from his previous approval rating of 79 percent in September.
He also got a trust rating of 74%, down 2 percentage points from 76% in September.
Nonetheless, Pulse made a disclaimer that the movements “fall short of being considered significant in light of the survey’s overall error margin of +/- 3 percentage points.
The fieldwork was conducted from December 8 to 15, 2013 with a sample of 1,200 individuals.
A major development cited by the survey firm was the “rising death toll due to due to Typhoon Yolanda, the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Leyte and other areas hit by the typhoon, the designation of former SenatorPanfilo M. Lacson as the rehabilitation czar responsible for overseeing the reconstruction of the areas devastated by the typhoon, and the word war between Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II and Tacloban City Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez…”
The other developments include the resignation of Bureau of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon amid his alleged link in the pork scam, the investigation of fake SAROs in the release of funds for agri projects, alleged influence peddling in the Supreme Court, the word war between Manny Pacquiao and BIR Commissioner Kim Henares, and the Meralco rate hike.
Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay registered an 80% approval rating (up 3 percentage points) and trust of 77% from 74% in September.
Senate President Franklin Drilon registered a 43% approval rating from 50% in September; and a trust rating of 40% from 46%.
Pulse explained Drilon’s was the only significant change that took place during the survey. His disapproval rating was up 8 percentage points to 21% from 13% and distrust rating of 21% from 14%.
Pulse also did not see any major change in the ratings of the others.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. registered an approval rate of 43% from 37% and trust rating of 38% from 34%.
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, on the other hand, got an approval rating of 44% from 42% and a trust rating of 41% from 40%.