Govt approval ratings drop

PUBLIC approval for the administration of President Benigno Aquino III went down in key national concerns and could only muster a majority approval in protecting Filipino workers overseas, according to the latest survey of Pulse Asia Research.

“Between June and September 2015, approval for the administration’s work in the areas of fighting criminality, enforcing the rule of law, and fighting corruption eases (-6 to -8 percentage points),” said Pulse Asia.

“Disapproval for the Aquino administration’s efforts to fight criminality and corruption becomes more pronounced during this period (+6 and +11 percentage points, respectively) while indecision on the matter of approving or disapproving its initiatives to enforce the rule of law also becomes more manifest at this time (+6 percentage points),” Pulse Asia also said.

Pulse Asia said the national administration registers only one majority approval rating in September 2015—protecting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (51 percent).

The Aquino administration could not muster the same majority approval in the areas of promoting peace (46 percent), fighting criminality (44 percent), defending the country’s territorial integrity (43 percent), and protecting the environment (43 percent).

Nearly the same percentages of Filipinos either approve of or are ambivalent regarding the administration’s initiatives to enforce the rule of law (39 percent versus 37 percent) and to create more jobs (37 percent versus 33 percent), Pulse Asia said.

On two issues, the present national leadership scores almost the same approval and disapproval ratings—fighting corruption in government (39 percent versus 36 percent) and increasing workers’ pay (33 percent versus 37 percent).

Disapproval is the plurality assessment of the administration’s performance in relation to reducing poverty (41%) and controlling inflation (46%), said Pulse Asia.

The latest survey was cited in Pulse Asia’s “September 2015 Ulat ng Bayan Survey: Media Release on Urgent National Concerns and the Performance Ratings of the National Administration on Selected Issues.”

Despite the survey findings, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the survey shows the Aquino administration’s programs are bearing fruit.

“We note the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted last September 8 to 14, which showed improved approval of our bosses – the Filipino people – of governments efforts to address key issues on upholding the rights of our OFW’s, promoting peace, curtailing crime, protecting our territorial rights and nurturing the environment,” said Coloma.

“This shows that the government’s programs are now bearing fruit and that the public has felt the positive effects of the reforms that had been put in place in the last five years. In the remaining months of the Aquino administration, we shall intensify efforts in finding ways to improve the welfare of our public servants and strengthen the purchasing power of our consumers especially those from the lower rungs of society through our strengthened social welfare and safety net programs,” Coloma said.

“We shall work with all sectors to ensure that the governance reforms will be made permanent and to bolster transparency and accountability in our public service institutions,” said Coloma.


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