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Surveys show declines in PBBM, Sara approval, trust ratings

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President Marcos’ trust and approval ratings went down by double digits in the latest Publicus Asia and Pulse Asia surveys released Tuesday.

The ratings of the three other top government officials – Vice President Sara Duterte, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Speaker Martin Romualdez – also dipped in the first quarter Pahayag survey of Publicus Asia.

In the Pulse Asia poll, only Zubiri logged an increase – his trust ratings went up by two points at 53 percent while his performance rating went up by three points at 52 percent – while the rest saw their numbers slip.

Unlike the Pulse Asia report, the Pahayag survey included the rating of Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, which dropped from 28 percent to 20 percent.

“No one is spared,” Publicus Asia said in its report. “These fluctuations underscore the evolving sentiments of the public towards these prominent figures.”

Publicus Asia said the survey highlighted “growing concerns about various issues such as inflation, corruption, and perceived weak leadership, contributing to the erosion of public trust.”

Mr. Marcos’s approval ratings went down from 58 percent in the fourth quarter to 2023 to 44 percent, while Duterte’s slid from 59 percent to 53 percent during the same period.

Zubiri and Romualdez also suffered a significant decline – from 47 percent to 42 percent for the Senate President and from 36 percent to 25 percent for the House Speaker.

As for government agencies, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority stood out as the most approved and trusted agency, followed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, Department of Health, Civil Service Commission and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In the Pulse Asia survey, Mr. Marcos’ performance rating went down 13 points from 68 percent in December last year to 55 percent last month, while his trust ratings slid 16 points from 73 percent to 57 percent.

Duterte’s trust rating went down from 78 percent to 71 percent while her performance rating went down to 67 percent from 74 percent.

Romualdez’s trust rating went down from 40 percent to 31 percent while his performance rating also slid from 39 percent to 31 percent.

The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from March 6 to 10, 2024 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents with a margin of error of +/-2.8 percent, while the Pahayag survey was done from March 14 to 18, 2024 using purposive sampling of 1,500 respondents.


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