By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA – The fall in President Benigno Aquino III’s latest approval and trust ratings is even steeper than those of former President Gloria Arroyo’s.
In an interview with radio dzMM, Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda said Aquino’s “20-percentage-point drop in just a quarter was the biggest we saw compared to the two previous presidents’ ratings that Pulse covered since it started.”
Based on a survey conducted last March 1-7, Aquino’s approval rating dropped by 21-percentage points to 38 percent from the 59 percent in November while his trust rating also sunk by 20-percentage points to 36 percent from 56 percent.
Arroyo posted her biggest decline in ratings in 2005 after the “Hello, Garci” election cheating scandal.
Arroyo posted a 13-percentage point drop between March and June 2005, or from 38 percent to 25 percent. Her approval rating further dropped to 19 percent in July that same year, and recovered a few points to 24 percent in October.
Her trust rating, on the other hand, slid by 15 percentage points from 35 percent in March and 20 percent in June. Her trust rating dropped further to 17 percent in July, and then recovered in October at 21 percent.
In October 2005, Pulse Asia noted the “increasing level of pessimism and sense of hopelessness among Filipinos” under Arroyo’s regime.
In its recent survey on the Mamasapano incident, Pulse Asia found that 4 out of 10 do not want Aquino to resign.
Aquino has over a year to go before the next elections, but some analysts believe that his ratings may still nosedive if his government does not do anything about the Mamasapano tragedy.
Aquino’s trust and approval ratings were badly hit by the public outrage over the bloody Mamasapano encounter. His March ratings were the lowest since he assumed position in 2010.
“Hindi pa dito lumalabas yung ulat na nanggaling sa Board of Inquiry at sa Senado, so sa tingin ko puwedeng ma-erode pa yung present 38[-percent approval rating],” political analyst Malou Tiquia had said.
Aquino is also being criticized for refusing to apologize.
“Kung hindi nila magawan ng paraan para ma-explain sa publiko nang maayos kung ano talaga ang nangyari, sa tingin ko magkakaroon pa ng erosion ‘yon,” Tiquia earlier told dzMM.