Public appreciation for Aquino’s anti-corruption efforts dips-A A +A
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
THE Aquino administration failed to get majority approval in eight out of 10 national issues including curbing government corruption in a Pulse Asia survey last September.
Anti-corruption efforts got a score of 47 percent, 12 points down from last March’s 59 percent, according to the survey results released on Tuesday.
Public disapproval gained 16 points from the March survey to settle at 27 percent while the indecision level barely changed, from 30 percent to 27 percent.
The survey was conducted from September 14 to 27 or at a time when the alleged misuse of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) of some lawmakers and gun battle the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces in Zamboanga dominated the news.
The government received plurality sentiment on the issues of low workers’ pay (43 percent), employment (45 percent), peace (46 percent) and environment (50 percent) while majority of Filipinos support its response to criminality (60 percent) and upholding the rule of law (54 percent).
Nearly the same approval and indecision ratings were obtained by the administration on the issues of population growth (41 percent versus 39 percent) and poverty (39 percent versus 34 percent). Public opinion regarding its efforts to control the price of basic commodities, however, was split (34 percent approved, 34 percent undecided, 32 percent disapproved).
Fighting corruption in government, controlling inflation, increasing the salary of workers and creating more jobs were the most urgent issues cited by the 1,200 respondents who were interviewed for the survey. Managing the country’s population, meanwhile, got the least interest.
Across geographic areas and economic classes, majority concerns are low salary of employees in Metro Manila (52 percent), corruption in the rest of Luzon and class ABC (52 percent and 66 percent, respectively) and inflation in Mindanao (52 percent).
Inflation and meager salary was the main concern of those in class E, both at 55 percent. There are no majority issues in the Visayas and Class D.
Concern about government corruption and security situation increased between June and September (+17 and +7 percentage points, respectively).
The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percent at the 95 percent confidence level. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)