Philippine President Aquino's approval rating drops in Oct.

12:45, November 15, 2010      

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III continues to enjoy the trust of most Filipinos, although overall approval rating registered a 9-percentage point decline, local media ABS-CBN news reported.

Citing the latest survey of Pulse Asia, Inc., ABS-CBN News said that 79 percent of Filipinos approve of the new President's performance, while 80 percent express trust in him. Aquino's approval ratings were highest in the Central Philippines (86 percent) and among the poorest (83 percent).

However, Aquino's overall approval rating is lower compared to his previous rating of 88 percent in July or a 9-percentage point decline. His trust rating also dipped by 5 percentage points, from 85 percent in July to 80 percent in October, ABS-CBN News reported.

Pulse Asia said a number of issues were asked to the respondents. These include the manner by which the President released the report on the August 2010 Luneta hostage-taking incident, the clash with the Catholic Church on the issue of reproductive health and the typhoon that hit northern Philippines.

Meanwhile, the percentage of Filipinos who remain undecided about Aquino's performance rose to 18 percent in October from 10 percent in July and the number of Filipinos who were undecided about whether or not to trust Aquino increased to 17 percent in October from 13 percent in July.

Filipinos who disapprove of Aquino's performance likewise increased by one notch to 3 percent.

A total of 1,200 adults participated in the October 20-29 survey. It has a margin of error of plus/minus 3 percent.

Source: Xinhua


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