Palace downplays Pulse Asia survey on PGMA

June 8, 2009 11:31 am 

MANILA, June 8 –- Malacañang on Monday downplayed the low-rating Pulse Asia survey on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and instead, an official said the President will remain focused on her remaining term until 2010.

”The rating survey is based only on 1,200 people who were asked by Pulse Asia. The President will just dwell on the positive side of surveys and will focus on good governance, providing jobs and other worthy things until she steps down in 2010,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo said during Monday’s press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in San Miguel, Manila.

Reports reaching Malacañang said President Arroyo garnered the lowest trust rating among the country's top government officials with 46 percent of Filipinos saying they disapprove of her performance, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.

The survey, conducted May 4 to 17, showed that only 26 percent of Pinoys approve of the President's performance while another 27 percent were undecided. Pulse Asia said relatively low public approval for Mrs. Arroyo has "remained the same across most of the past four years."

On the other hand, Vice-President Noli de Castro garnered the highest approval ratings of the nation's top leaders. Fifty-three percent of Pinoys approved his performance, 21 percent disapproved and 26 percent were undecided, according to the survey.

Pulse Asia said many Filipinos are still undecided about the performances of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (40%), House Speaker Nograles (42%) and Supreme Court Chief Justice Puno (38%). (PNA)/V3/JCA/

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