amazing approval ratings

06 December 2011

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has maintained his high trust and approval ratings amid issues that hounded his administration.

In its latest poll, Pulse Asia said Aquino enjoyed the 72 percent approval rating in his performance in office as chief executive, while a huge 74 percent of Filipinos trust his government.

The survey also revealed that the President has “big approval and trust ratings” in various geographical areas and socio-economic classes in the country.

The poll was conducted on Nov. 10-23 in face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adult respondents.

of course i wish it were a larger sample.  just the same nakakagulat ito, given phnoy’s performance in the last year and a half, with little really to show for it except, well, gma’s arrest, but a whole lot more negative stuff to answer for — from his whereabouts during the aug23 luneta bloodbath to his current landlord stance, demanding just compensation for hacienda luisita’s owners, never mind that they overstayed 44 years.

the only explanation i can think of is that the people who voted for him are not about to admit that cory’s and ninoy’s son has feet of clay.  rather, they are set on approving of him through the six years of his term, come hell or high water.  this is so not-good for the country.  gives him an excuse to shrug off / ignore legitimate questions and criticism as sour-graping from a noisy minority.  for sure, we will not be better off when his time is up.

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18 Responses to amazing approval ratings

  1. December 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm
  2. December 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    1.5 % below projection is not “dramatic.” in any case, one should look at the numbers behind the numbers. cielito habito had something on this. it could be serious, or it could be a temporary blip.

  3. December 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Hehehe, right on target, angela. Sour-graping it is, indeed, :).

    After all it is the people who can accurately feel the pulse of the nation and so the people’s pulse has more weight than the griping of some critics who has their own agenda.

    Me, I will reserve my judgement until Noynoy’s time is up. In the meantime, I smell positive things to come, which could be bad news to some critics, heheh.

  4. December 7, 2011 at 12:26 am
    Diehard Pinoy

    @bert-[:=)-you’r gut feelings is on the right track, the 74% trusting rating of Pinoy means 1) a vast reservoir of thinking people who are optimistic that over the long haul there is hope for sanity in a transparent govt, 2) the people maybe gullible but they or we are not stupid to cast their lot against temporary setbacks, 3) Pres. Pinoy, like president Erap, is a charismatic leader who can communicate and express his thoughts in straight and Pilipino, thus establishing link between the ruler and the ruled majority. No economic indicator can measure its impact in the present crisis.

    • December 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Apir, Diehard Pinoy!

  5. December 7, 2011 at 4:56 am

    probably it’s best not to comment on surveys especially when “sampling error” is being floated.

    what’s your take on the 2011 CPI result from transparency international?

    • December 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      napagoogle naman ako. on a scale of 0 to 10, 0 most corrupt, 10 cleanest, 2.6 ang pinas. hmm. from 2.4 in 2010. medyo insignificant ang improvement so far.

      • December 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

        though a time series comparison cannot be made on the CPI scores, mainstream media and some bloggers are harping on the “slight improvement” from 2010.

        little did they know that the very slight change may have been due to the increase of 5 countries included in the country comparison data of the 2011 results. perhaps there is also some movement (up or down the scale) of other countries relative to our position.


        The CPI is not designed to allow for country scores to be compared over time. This is because the index draws on a country’s rank in the original data sources, rather than its score. A rank will always deliver only relative information – and therefore a ranking is a one off assessment. A country’s rank in a given data source can change a) if perceptions of corruption in other countries included in that source change or b) if countries are added or removed from that data source.

        trouble is, the non-existent “slight improvement” is already being attributed to Pnoy’s anti-corruption efforts.

        …namang magbilang ng sisiw, di pa naman nangingitlog…

        what they need to do is to look into other countries’ (especially in Asia) best anti-corruption practices that we may adapt into our local setting.

        this is how the numbers may be interpreted:’s-in-a-number/

      • December 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

        should be…

        napakaaga namang magbilang ng sisiw…

  6. December 7, 2011 at 7:38 am

    I may be wrong but I believe one of the reason PNoy’s trust rating is up is due to the noisiest juvenile sour-graping crowd whose criticism, if we can even call it as such are mostly dwelling on name calling. Its like reverse psychology when you have a bunch of noisy incoherent mad dogs, the tendency is to support their target and in this case Aquino, LOL…….

    • December 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Apir, too, Political Jaywalker, :).

    • December 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

      PJ :) you’re right, grabe sa facebook actually, the ad hominems and name-calling. which drowns out legit criticism…

      • December 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm

        i’m surprised. sa fb puwedeng mag ban di ba? if u dont wanna listen to someone, u dont have to listen to what u dont wanna hear.

        • December 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm

          it’s not quite that simple, gabbyd, the banning thing. if you ban them all, the socalled noisy m, then all you get are opinions like yours, and how does that help.

          • December 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm

            oh, i thought people would at least ban the name callers.

          • December 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm

            hala, angela. you seem to say that gabby’s opinion does not help. just kidding.

          • December 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

            Banning all but the like-minded results in a social media echo chamber which defeats the purpose of commentary.

            While having a comments section full of those who agree is great for the ego, it does nothing for critical thought.

            Even Rudklyde would agree.

  7. December 7, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Bahala kayo! Ang tatanda na ninyo! Cheers!

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