Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar Binay garnered the highest approval rating among top government officials of the country, according to a recent survey conducted by Pulse Asia.
Binay ranked first with a 62 percent approval rating nationwide. He is the running mate of former President Joseph Estrada under the UNO banner.
Aside from Binay, the survey measured the performance approval ratings of Cabinet officials and ranking government executives, among them Lakas-Kampi standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro who was Defense secretary at the time the survey was taken. Teodoro garnered 39 percent approval in the survey conducted from Oct. 22 to 30.
Others on the list were Education Secretary Jesli Lapus; Health Secretary Francisco Duque III; Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano; Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral; Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno, and Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap.
The survey also measured the ratings of Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, Tesda Director General Augusto Syjuco Jr. and Local Water and Utilities Administration head Prospero Pichay Jr.
“The survey results show that the public acknowledges Mayor Binay’s accomplishments as an executive. It shows that the people see Binay’s governance as effective and that his programs do contribute to improving the lives of his constituents,” Binay’s spokesman Lito Anzures said.
The Pulse Asia survey also showed a 10 percent increase in Binay’s approval rating from 52 percent in a survey conducted October last year. Also according to the survey, Binay’s performance rating is consistent across all demographics and areas in the country, having no extreme highs or lows.
According to Pulse Asia, Binay was followed by Lapus with a 52 percent approval rating; Duque, 52 percent; Durano, 49 percent; Syjuco, 45 percent; Cabral, 45 percent; Puno, 42 percent; Yap, 40 percent; Teodoro, 39 percent; Pichay, 29 percent and Teves, 24 percent.
In its survey, Pulse Asia revealed that Gloria Arroyo garnered an approval rating of 21 percent across the country. The survey also showed a high 51 percent disapproval rating for Arroyo.
The Pulse Asia survey was conducted using face-to-face interview with 1,800 respondents. It has a margin of error of plus/minus 2 percent.