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MEDIA RELEASE

(March 24, 2011)

FROM: Dr. Ana Maria L. Tabunda


Chief Research Fellow
Pulse Asia, Inc.

RE: Pulse Asia’s March 2011 Nationwide Survey on


the Performance and Trust Ratings of the
Top Five National Government Officials

Pulse Asia is pleased to share with you some findings on the Performance and
Trust Ratings of the Top Five National Government Officials from the March 2011 Ulat
ng Bayan national survey. We request you to assist us in informing the public by
disseminating this information.

The survey fieldwork was conducted from February 24 to March 6, 2011 using
face-to-face interviews. Prior to and during the conduct of the interviews for this
survey, the following developments dominated the headlines: (1) the impeachment
proceedings against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez at the House of
Representatives; (2) the congressional investigations into the plea-bargaining agreement
entered into by former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Comptroller Ret. Maj.
Gen. Carlos Garcia, as well as the alleged corruption involving former high-ranking
military officials per the testimonies of former AFP Budget Officer Ret. Lt. Col. George
Rabusa and former COA Auditor Heidi Mendoza; (3) the diplomatic row between the
Philippines and Taiwan over the deportation of 14 Taiwanese nationals to China; (4)
government efforts to save three Filipinos facing execution in China for drug
trafficking; (5) the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution; (6)
the evacuation of Filipinos in Libya amidst the ongoing civil unrest in the country; (7)
 
 

the earthquake in New Zealand that took the lives of several Filipinos; (8) the
replacement of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary, the confirmation of
some presidential cabinet appointees, the proposed filing of administrative charges
versus the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Chief for alleged complicity in the failed
takeover of the LTO’s information technology systems contractor Stradcom in
December 2010 and the appointment of a new AFP Chief of Staff; and (9) the continuing
increase in the prices of petroleum products and the prices of other commodities.

As in our previous surveys, this nationwide survey is based on a sample of 1,200


representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a ± 3% error margin at the 95%
confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the
survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a ± 6% error
margin, also at 95% confidence level. Those interested in further technical details
concerning the survey's questionnaire and sampling design may request Pulse Asia in
writing for fuller details, including copies of the pre-tested questions actually used.

Pulse Asia’s pool of academic fellows takes full responsibility for the design and
conduct of the survey, as well as for analyses it makes based on the survey data. In
keeping with our academic nature, no religious, political, economic, or partisan group
influenced any of these processes. Pulse Asia undertakes Ulat ng Bayan surveys on its
own without any party singularly commissioning the research effort.

For any clarification or questions, kindly contact Prof. Ronald D. Holmes, Pulse Asia
President at 09189335497 or Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse Asia Chief Research Fellow
at 09189436816.

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Pulse Asia’s March 2011 Ulat ng Bayan Survey:


Media Release on the Performance and Trust Ratings
of the Top Five National Government Officials
24 March 2011

Three of the top five national government officials enjoy majority approval and trust
ratings; Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay emerges as the most appreciated (83%) and
most trusted (81%) national government official

Most Filipinos express appreciation for the work done by President Benigno S. Aquino
III (74%), Vice-President Jejomar C. Binay (83%) and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile
(60%). These three national government officials also score majority trust ratings –
President Aquino (75%), Vice-President Binay (81%) and Senate President Enrile (56%).
In contrast, half of the Filipino adult population appreciates the work done by House
Speaker Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr. (50%) while about the same percentages of adult
Filipinos either trust him (43%) or cannot say if they trust or distrust him (39%). In the
case of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona, a big plurality is ambivalent as
regards his performance (43%) and trustworthiness (44%). (Please refer to Tables 1 and 2)

The highest disapproval and distrust ratings are obtained by Supreme Court Chief
Justice Corona (24% and 27%, respectively) while President Aquino and Vice-President
Binay register single-digit disapproval ratings (7% and 3%, respectively) and distrust
ratings (6% and 3%, respectively). With respect to public indecision, it is most
pronounced toward the performance and trustworthiness of House Speaker Belmonte
(37% and 39%, respectively) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona (43% and 44%,
respectively). Filipinos are least ambivalent toward the performance and
trustworthiness of President Aquino (18% and 20%, respectively) and Vice-President
Binay (14% and 15%, respectively). (Please refer to Tables 1 and 2)

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Table 1
AWARENESS & PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
February 24 - March 6, 2011 / Philippines
(Row Percent)

Base: Aware
Top Government Officials Aware Approve Undecided Disapprove

BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 100 74 18 7


(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY 100 83 14 3
(Vice-President)
JUAN PONCE ENRILE 100 60 29 10
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR. 86 50 37 12
(Speaker of the
House of Representatives)
RENATO C. CORONA 83 32 43 24
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

Q41-45. Mayroon ako ritong mga pangalan ng ilang mga opisyal ng ating pamahalaan. Pakisabi ninyo ang inyong opinyon tungkol sa pagganap nila ng
kanilang tungkulin nitong huling tatlong buwan ng kanilang panunungkulan. Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito (SHOW RATING BOARD),
kayo ba ay TALAGANG APROBADO, APROBADO, MAAARING APROBADO AT MAAARING HINDI APROBADO, HINDI APROBADO, o TALAGANG
HINDI APROBADO kay (NAME) sa kanyang pagganap bilang (POSITION) o wala pa kayong nabasa o narinig na kahit na ano tungkol sa kanya
kahit na kailan?

Notes: (1) % Approve = % Truly Approve plus Approve; % Disapprove = Disapprove plus % Truly Disapprove.
(2) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off or to Don't Know and Refuse responses.  
 
Table 2
AWARENESS & TRUST RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
February 24 - March 6, 2011 / Philippines
(Row Percent)

Base: Aware
Big Small /
Top Government Officials Aware Trust Undecided No trust
BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 100 75 20 6
(President)
JEJOMAR C. BINAY 100 81 15 3
(Vice-President)
JUAN PONCE ENRILE 100 56 30 13
(Senate President)
FELICIANO R. BELMONTE, JR. 86 43 39 18
(Speaker of the
House of Representatives)
RENATO C. CORONA 83 28 44 27
(Supreme Court Chief Justice)

*DK/RA (Don't Know/Refused) = Those who say that they simply have no basis for assessing the entity, whether of trust, indecision or distrust.

Q87-91. NAIS SANA NAMING TANUNGIN KAYO TUNGKOL SA PAGTITIWALA NINYO SA ILANG MGA TAO AT INSTITUSYON SA ATING LIPUNAN.
Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito (SHOW RATING BOARD), maaari bang pakisabi ninyo kung gaano kalaki o kaliit ang inyong pagtitiwala
kay/sa [PERSONALITY/INSTITUTION]? Masasabi ba ninyo na ito ay MALAKING-MALAKI, MALAKI, MAAARING MALAKI AT MAAARING
MALIIT, MALIIT, o MALIIT NA MALIIT/WALA?

Notes: (1) % Big Trust = % Very Big Trust plus % Big Trust ; % Small Trust = % Small Trust plus Very Small Trust
(2) *Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off.

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Across geographic areas, practically all of the country’s leading national government
officials (with the exception of Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona) enjoy majority
approval ratings in Metro Manila (56% to 79%) and the rest of Luzon (52% to 82%).
Meanwhile, President Aquino, Vice-President Binay and Senate President Enrile post
majority approval ratings in the Visayas (55% to 83%) and Mindanao (65% to 86%). As
regards public trust, most of those in the rest of Luzon (55% to 80%), the Visayas (57%
to 84%) and Mindanao (58% to 75%) express trust in President Aquino, Vice-president
Binay and Senate President Enrile while these three officials and House Speaker
Belmonte obtain majority trust ratings (52% to 78%) from Metro Manilans. Only
Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona fails to secure a majority rating – both approval
and trust – in any of the country’s geographic areas. (Please refer to Tables 3 and 4)

Majorities in all socio-economic classes approve of the work done by President Aquino
(69% to 80%), Vice-President Binay (76% to 86%) and Senate President Enrile (58% to
61%). House Speaker Belmonte also records majority approval ratings in Classes ABC
and D (51% to 54%). On the other hand, majority trust ratings are obtained by President
Aquino (71% to 78%), Vice-President Binay (76% to 84%) and Senate President Enrile
(56% to 57%) in all socio-economic groupings. Again, Supreme Court Chief Justice
Corona is unable to score any majority approval or trust rating across socio-economic
classes. (Please refer to Tables 3 and 4)
Table 3
AWARENESS & PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
February 24 - March 6, 2011 / Philippines
(In Percent)

LOCATION CLASS
BAL
APPROVAL RP NCR LUZ VIS MIN ABC D E
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 74 66 72 83 78 69 72 80
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY 83 79 82 83 86 76 82 86
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE 60 57 61 55 65 58 60 61
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. 50 56 52 49 43 54 51 48
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA 32 26 35 34 30 23 33 34

UNDECIDED
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 18 26 20 13 15 26 19 14
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY 14 19 16 12 11 23 15 11
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE 29 32 30 31 26 31 29 29
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. 37 34 36 34 43 36 36 38
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA 43 44 43 35 47 51 40 46

DISAPPROVAL
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 7 9 8 4 7 5 8 6
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY 3 2 2 5 3 2 3 2
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE 10 10 9 12 9 11 10 9
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. 12 10 12 16 12 10 12 12
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA 24 30 22 29 21 25 26 19
Q41-45. Mayroon ako ritong mga pangalan ng ilang mga opisyal ng ating pamahalaan. Pakisabi ninyo ang inyong opinyon tungkol sa pagganap nila ng kanilang
tungkulin nitong huling tatlong buwan ng kanilang panunungkulan. Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito (SHOW RATING BOARD), kayo ba ay TALAGANG
APROBADO, APROBADO, MAAARING APROBADO AT MAAARING HINDI APROBADO, HINDI APROBADO, o TALAGANG HINDI APROBADO kay (NAME)
sa kanyang pagganap bilang (POSITION) o wala pa kayong nabasa o narinig na kahit na ano tungkol sa kanya kahit na kailan?
Notes: (1) % Approve = % Truly Approve plus Approve; % Disapprove = Disapprove plus % Truly Disapprove.
(2) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off or to Don't Know and Refuse responses.

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Table 4
AWARENESS & TRUST RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
February 24 - March 6, 2011 / Philippines
(In Percent)

LOCATION CLASS
BAL
TRUST RP NCR LUZ VIS MIN ABC D E
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 75 69 71 84 75 71 73 78
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY 81 78 80 82 86 76 81 84
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE 56 56 55 57 58 57 56 57
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. 43 52 40 43 40 48 42 43
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA 28 26 25 34 33 23 29 29

UNDECIDED
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 20 24 22 13 18 26 20 18
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY 15 17 18 14 11 20 16 13
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE 30 32 30 29 30 32 31 27
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. 39 32 40 40 40 42 40 35
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA 44 40 49 39 41 50 43 44

DISTRUST
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III 6 7 6 2 6 2 7 4
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY 3 5 2 4 3 4 3 3
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE 13 12 15 12 12 11 13 15
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. 18 16 19 16 17 10 17 22
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA 27 33 26 26 24 26 27 27
Q87-91. NAIS SANA NAMING TANUNGIN KAYO TUNGKOL SA PAGTITIWALA NINYO SA ILANG MGA TAO AT INSTITUSYON SA ATING LIPUNAN.
Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito (SHOW RATING BOARD), maaari bang pakisabi ninyo kung gaano kalaki o kaliit ang inyong pagtitiwala
kay/sa [PERSONALITY/INSTITUTION]? Masasabi ba ninyo na ito ay MALAKING-MALAKI, MALAKI, MAAARING MALAKI AT MAAARING
MALIIT, MALIIT, o MALIIT NA MALIIT/WALA?

Notes: (1) % Big Trust = % Very Big Trust plus % Big Trust ; % Small Trust = % Small Trust plus Very Small Trust
(2) *Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off.

Between October and March 2011, the performance and trust ratings of the country’s
top national government officials remain basically unchanged – at the national level
and across geographic areas and socio-economic classes

At the national level, the only notable change in the ratings – in terms of both
performance and trust – of the top five national government officials is the increase in
the level of public distrust in Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona (+7 percentage
points). Likewise, across geographic areas, it is also Supreme Court Chief Justice
Corona who experiences significant changes in his ratings as his disapproval ratings
increase in Metro Manila (+13 percentage points) and the Visayas (+14 percentage
points) while his distrust ratings go up in Metro Manila (+13 percentage points). Across
socio-economic groupings, no marked movements in performance and trust ratings
may be noted between October 2010 and March 2011. (Please refer to Tables 5 and 6)

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Table 5
AWARENESS & PERFORMANCE RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
October 2010 and March 2011 / Philippines
(In Percent)

LOCATION CLASS
BAL
APPROVAL RP NCR LUZ VIS MIN ABC D E
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Mar 11 74 66 72 83 78 69 72 80
Oct 10 79 78 75 86 79 74 77 83
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY Mar 11 83 79 82 83 86 76 82 86
Oct 10 78 77 75 81 79 65 77 81
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE Mar 11 60 57 61 55 65 58 60 61
Oct 10 61 66 62 60 57 57 63 58
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Mar 11 50 56 52 49 43 54 51 48
Oct 10 45 58 46 44 35 45 46 45
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA Mar 11 32 26 35 34 30 23 33 34
Oct 10 35 33 35 39 35 29 36 36

UNDECIDED
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Mar 11 18 26 20 13 15 26 19 14
Oct 10 18 20 22 12 16 21 20 15
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY Mar 11 14 19 16 12 11 23 15 11
Oct 10 20 20 21 18 17 31 20 16
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE Mar 11 29 32 30 31 26 31 29 29
Oct 10 31 27 32 30 33 38 28 34
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Mar 11 37 34 36 34 43 36 36 38
Oct 10 43 35 43 42 50 43 43 44
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA Mar 11 43 44 43 35 47 51 40 46
Oct 10 45 47 45 41 47 50 44 45

DISAPPROVAL
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Mar 11 7 9 8 4 7 5 8 6
Oct 10 3 2 3 2 4 4 3 2
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY Mar 11 3 2 2 5 3 2 3 2
Oct 10 3 3 3 1 3 4 2 3
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE Mar 11 10 10 9 12 9 11 10 9
Oct 10 8 7 7 10 10 5 8 9
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Mar 11 12 10 12 16 12 10 12 12
Oct 10 11 6 10 12 13 13 10 11
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA Mar 11 24 30 22 29 21 25 26 19
Oct 10 18 17 20 15 16 20 18 17
Q41-45. Mayroon ako ritong mga pangalan ng ilang mga opisyal ng ating pamahalaan. Pakisabi ninyo ang inyong opinyon tungkol sa pagganap nila ng kanilang
tungkulin nitong huling tatlong buwan ng kanilang panunungkulan. Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito (SHOW RATING BOARD), kayo ba ay TALAGANG
APROBADO, APROBADO, MAAARING APROBADO AT MAAARING HINDI APROBADO, HINDI APROBADO, o TALAGANG HINDI APROBADO kay (NAME)
sa kanyang pagganap bilang (POSITION) o wala pa kayong nabasa o narinig na kahit na ano tungkol sa kanya kahit na kailan?

Notes: (1) % Approve = % Truly Approve plus Approve; % Disapprove = Disapprove plus % Truly Disapprove.
(2) Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off or to Don't Know and Refuse responses.  

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Table 6
AWARENESS & TRUST RATINGS OF TOP NATIONAL OFFICIALS
October 2010 and March 2011 / Philippines
(In Percent)

LOCATION CLASS
BAL
TRUST RP NCR LUZ VIS MIN ABC D E
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Mar 11 75 69 71 84 75 71 73 78
Oct 10 80 75 80 87 80 78 78 85
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY Mar 11 81 78 80 82 86 76 81 84
Oct 10 78 74 78 80 81 68 76 85
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE Mar 11 56 56 55 57 58 57 56 57
Oct 10 56 55 58 55 56 49 59 54
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Mar 11 43 52 40 43 40 48 42 43
Oct 10 39 51 36 43 34 43 38 40
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA Mar 11 28 26 25 34 33 23 29 29
Oct 10 29 24 26 38 29 24 30 27

UNDECIDED
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Mar 11 20 24 22 13 18 26 20 18
Oct 10 17 23 18 12 16 21 18 14
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY Mar 11 15 17 18 14 11 20 16 13
Oct 10 19 22 19 18 16 27 21 12
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE Mar 11 30 32 30 29 30 32 31 27
Oct 10 35 36 37 34 33 45 33 37
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Mar 11 39 32 40 40 40 42 40 35
Oct 10 45 37 50 41 44 37 46 46
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA Mar 11 44 40 49 39 41 50 43 44
Oct 10 50 52 55 39 46 60 47 51

DISTRUST
PRES. BENIGNO S. AQUINO III Mar 11 6 7 6 2 6 2 7 4
Oct 10 2 2 2 1 4 1 3 1
VICE-PRES. JEJOMAR C. BINAY Mar 11 3 5 2 4 3 4 3 3
Oct 10 3 4 3 1 3 4 2 4
SEN. PRES. JUAN PONCE ENRILE Mar 11 13 12 15 12 12 11 13 15
Oct 10 8 9 6 11 10 6 8 10
HOUSE SPEAKER FELICIANO BELMONTE, JR. Mar 11 18 16 19 16 17 10 17 22
Oct 10 15 11 14 15 21 21 15 13
CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA Mar 11 27 33 26 26 24 26 27 27
Oct 10 20 20 19 19 23 15 21 20
Q87-91. NAIS SANA NAMING TANUNGIN KAYO TUNGKOL SA PAGTITIWALA NINYO SA ILANG MGA TAO AT INSTITUSYON SA ATING LIPUNAN.
Sa pamamagitan po ng board na ito (SHOW RATING BOARD), maaari bang pakisabi ninyo kung gaano kalaki o kaliit ang inyong pagtitiwala
kay/sa [PERSONALITY/INSTITUTION]? Masasabi ba ninyo na ito ay MALAKING-MALAKI, MALAKI, MAAARING MALAKI AT MAAARING
MALIIT, MALIIT, o MALIIT NA MALIIT/WALA?
Notes: (1) % Big Trust = % Very Big Trust plus % Big Trust ; % Small Trust = % Small Trust plus Very Small Trust
(2) *Figures may not add up to 100% due to rounding off.

 
 

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