Three out of four Pinoys trust P-Noy, says Pulse Asia

A new survey by Pulse Asia showed that three out of four Filipinos trust President Noynoy Aquino, reports GMA News Online.

Conducted from February 24 to March 6, the survey also showed that 74 percent of Filipinos approve of the President’s performance in the past three months. His approval ratings "ranged from 66 percent in Metro Manila to 83 percent in Visayas across geographic areas, and from 69 percent in the best-off Class ABC to 80 percent in the poorest Class E across socio-economic classes," reports GMA News Online.

According to the report, majority of the approval ratings were based on the administration’s ability to fight graft and corruption (56 percent) and criminality (54 percent), and improve the national peace situation (53 percent).

At the national level, seven percent disapproved of Aquino’s performance, while 18 percent were undecided. According to GMA News Online, Filipinos were most critical of the administration’s measures in dealing with the rising prices of basic commodities (32 percent) and reducing poverty (26 percent).

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told Yahoo News that the administration will take the survey findings as "a challenge for (them) to do better." He added, "He (Aquino) was being hit left and right but the public didn't believe (the criticisms). (The) public continues to believe in the President."

The survey was conducted among approximately 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above, according to Yahoo News.

For more on this story, log on to GMA News Online and Yahoo News.

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