MANILA, Mar 20 (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration expressed elation over the latest Pulse Asia survey showing that President Benigno S. Aquino III continues to enjoy high trust and performance ratings, a Palace official said on Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement during the regular press briefing in Malacañang following the release of the Pulse Asia’s February 2013 Nationwide Survey on the Performance and Trust Ratings of the Country’s Top Government Officials and the Trust Ratings of Key Government Institutions.
Based on the firm’s latest survey released Wednesday, President Aquino has a 68% approval rating, up by 2 percentage points from the January 2013 survey result (66%). His “undecided” rating went down 4 percentage points, while his disapproval rating is still at 6%.
According to the survey, the Chief Executive got a 70 % trust rating.
“Yes, we are certainly happy that despite all the concerns, the people continue to repose their trust in the President. This is an affirmation of the governance of President Benigno S. Aquino III,” Lacierda said.
The President has consistently received the highest ratings since he assumed his post in 2010.
The survey fieldwork was conducted from February 24 to 28, 2013 using face-to-face interviews.
According to Pulse Asia, some of the major events that occurred during the survey period were election-related events such as mock elections and the start of the national campaign period, the Sabah standoff, the release of the report on the Atimonan incident, the salvage operations for the USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef and the 27th anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution.
A total of 1,800 registered voters aged 18 years old and above formed the pool of respondents, coming from across the country. The nationwide survey has a +/-2% margin of error at the 95% confidence level, the Pulse Asia said.
The Aquino administration continues to pursue its relentless pursuit of reform towards positive change. (MNS)