Binay still tops Aquino trust, approval ratings

·Kim Arveen Patria

Vice President Jejomar Binay continues to beat President Benigno Aquino III in trust and approval ratings, even as his scores slipped in a new Pulse Asia survey.

Binay enjoyed the highest scores of 82 percent approval and 81 percent trust in the latest Ulat ng Bayan survey, which is based on interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide in Nov. 23 to 29.

Although seeing scores slightly drop from 85 percent approval and 84 percent trust in September, Binay still topped the President's performance.

Aquino's approval rating remained unchanged from September's 78 percent while his trust score rose to 80 percent from 78 percent previously.

The report comes months before the midterm elections, where senatorial bets running under the coalition led by Aquino's Liberal Party are expected to clash with the slate of Binay's United Nationalist Alliance.

In terms of disapproval, Binay also performed better than the President, getting on 3 percent disapproval versus Aquino's 6 percent.

More Pinoys also have no trust for Aquino (4 percent) than Binay (3 percent).

Meanwhile, 16 percent of respondents are unsure about their assessment of Aquino's performance while 14 percent are undecided about Binay.

As for trust, 16 percent of respondents are ambivalent toward Aquino and 15 percent toward Binay.

Among the four highest official with comparative scores, however, only Binay posted declines in trust and approval ratings, which both saw a 3-percent drop.

Approval for Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile inched up to 73 percent in November from 72 percent a quarter earlier.

His trust ratings also increased to 67 percent from 65 percent.

House Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr., meanwhile, saw his approval score jump to 46 percent from 38 percent previously.

Trust in Belmonte was also up to 40 percent in November from 36 percent in September.

Approval for Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, whose performance was first rated in November, was pegged at 36 percent.

No approval assessments were gathered on Sereno in September, as she had only been appointed on Aug. 25.

Her trust ratings, meanwhile, increased by 13 percent to 36 percent in November from 23 percent in September.

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