Pulse Asia says 70% of Filipinos will support candidates who will push for higher tobacco taxes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 8, 2019   •   1363

A Pulse Asia survey conducted in March 2019 showed that 70% of Filipinos will support candidates who will push for higher tobacco taxes.

The result is higher than in 2018 which recorded 64% of Filipinos supporting said candidates.

Meanwhile, the survey also showed that 75% of Filipinos favor higher taxes on tobacco — an 8 percentage point increase from the 67% in 2018.

Duterte, Robredo approval and trust ratings go up – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   December 23, 2019

(FILE) Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Vice-president Leni Robredo (L) attend commencement exercises of graduating police officers at Camp General Mariano Castaneda in Silang, Philippines, 22 March 2019. According to reports, Duterte on March 21, formally announced the end of government’s peace negotiations with communist rebels.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo’s approval and trust ratings have improved, according to the results of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia earlier this month.

The President’s approval and trust ratings went up to 87% and 83%, respectively.

Both are 9% higher than the chief executive’s ratings in September.

Vice President Robredo, meanwhile, got approval and trust ratings of 58% and 53%, with 8% and 7% increase, respectively, from the September survey.

Duterte’s approval and trust ratings were highest in Mindanao (both 98%).

Robredo’s approval and trust ratings, on the other hand, were highest in Visayas (63% and 60%).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed the result of the survey, saying the “stratospheric approval rating is unprecedented.”

In a statement, Panelo said: “history tells us that no President has passed the midpoint of his presidential term with such a high approval rating. It has always been a downtrend.”

The presidential spokesman also noted that the President’s disapproval rating was “reduced to a measly 5 percent.”

“The figures of the survey graphically show how the Filipino people are united in cementing their support to PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), and in agreement with the government programs geared toward uplifting the social and economic condition of the masses of our people,” he said.

“This latest approval rating is a clear repudiation of the fabricated tale and the false narratives of the haters of the President including the foreign entities that have joined the fray with blinders in their eyes,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also got higher approval and trust ratings this month, compared to three months ago.

Sotto’s approval and trust ratings went up to 84% (from 72) and 78% (from 66%), respectively.

Cayetano’s jump, however, was the highest, with approval rating going up to 80% with a 16% leap, and trust rating going up 76% with a 14% flinch.

Sotto, in a statement issued on Sunday, said he “strives to be consistent without compromising on excellent hard work and transparency as Senate President.”

“I share this honor for the increase in approval and trust rating with my fellow senators who are as equally dedicated to the true essence of public service and have become a team though coming from diverse and sometimes competing positions,” he said. /mbmf

SWS: Pinoys’ trust in China falls to ‘bad’, remains ‘excellent’ in US

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Filipinos’ trust in China has fallen from ‘poor’ to ‘bad’, based on the third quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS).

The net trust for China fell by 9 points from -24 in June 2019 to -33 in September 2019.

“The September 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from September 27-30, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,800 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide,” according to the SWS survey report.

Meanwhile, the United States net trust remain ‘excellent’ at +72 in September 2019, it has little to no change compared to the +73 in June 2019.

Other countries like Australia and Japan stay at a ‘very good’ net trust rating, +37 and +35 respectively in September 2019.

Vietnam fell from ‘moderate’ net trust to ‘neutral’ with a net zero-rating in September 2019 from a +13 rating in June 2019.—AAC

BuCor controversy seen as reason for decrease in Duterte’s trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   October 8, 2019

The latest Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey showed a 7-point decrease in President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval rating.

According to Pulse Asia, the reasons offered by the respondents in giving an approval or disapproval rating to a certain government official vary, and that the decrease in the President’s trust rating doesn’t necessarily mean that the public distrust on him has increased.

“Ang tumaas iyong indecision. Hindi sila makapagsabi kung sila ay nagtitiwala o hindi nagtitiwala,” said Ana Marie Tabunda, Pulse Asia’s Research Director.

“Maaaring iba iba iyong kanilang dahilan pero siguro malaki iyong kanilang epekto nitong mga balita tungkol sa nangyari sa Bureau of Corrections,” she added.

This is not the first time that a significant drop in the Filipinos’ trust rating on the President happened.

According to Pulse Asia, the Chief Executive experienced a drop in his performance rating in September 2018 when the country was facing inflation problems and inadequate rice supply.

The President, nevertheless, was able to recover from the slump and restored the public’s confidence in him in the succeeding months.

Tabunda also stressed that, compared to previous administrations, the president was able to sustain his high approval and trust ratings for a long time.

“Iyong kay President Estrada noong simula mataas din. Iyong kay President Aquino noong simula mataas din pero ano eh syempre pag dumadaan ang issues lahat nilalagay sa paanan ng Malacañang. Sa pintuan ng Malacañang so bumababa yan. Pero si Presidente Duterte ang pinakamatagal na ganito kataas,” Tabunda said.

Pulse Asia considers this result as an indication that the President is still enjoying a honeymoon period with the public even though he is already in the middle of his term.

“Hanggang ngayon honeymoon, kung sakali, in the sense na hanggang ngayon hindi pa siya bumababa. Ang lowest na trust niya 70. Line of 7. Ang lowest approval niya 75. Mataas iyan,” Tabunda added.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also had a 5-point decrease in her trust rating.

Pulse Asia, however, clarified that such was not a significant drop.

Other high-ranking government officials, such as Senate President Tito Sotto, House Speaker Alan Cayetano, and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, have maintained a high trust rating. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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