Monday, December 21, 2009

Noynoy maintains Pulse Asia ratings


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LIBERAL Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III stayed at the top of the presidential race with his ratings virtually unchanged since the last survey two months ago, the December 8-10 Pulse Asia survey showed.

The survey, which had 1,800 respondents, showed Aquino getting 45 percent rating compared to 44 percent last October.

Aquino’s biggest support came from the Visayas (52 percent) and the elite Class ABC (50 percent). His score in the remaining areas and social classes ranged from 41 to 48 percent.

The two other presidential contenders with double-digit ratings were Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. with 23 percent and former president Joseph Estrada with 19 percent, a virtual statistical tie.

Villar’s rating rose by 4 points, from 19 percent in October, while Estrada’s increased by 8 points from 11 percent. They seemed to have shared the votes of Sen. Francis Escudero (11 percent last October), who backed out of the presidential race.

Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr.’s ratings slightly rose to 5 percent from 2 percent last October.

Sen. Richard Gordon and Bro. Eddie Villanueva registered 1 percent.

Caring for the poor was the respondents’ most cited reason (27 percent) for choosing their presidential candidates. This was followed by "not corrupt/clean record" with 21 percent, a "good person" with 12 percent, "can/is doing/will do something" with 11 percent, and "helps/is helping others" with 11 percent.

Experience is valued by only 8 percent, intelligence by 6 percent, and the ability to listen to the people by 3 percent.

Senators Manuel Roxas II (Liberal Party) and Loren Legarda (Nacionalista Party) were statistically tied for vice president.

Roxas got 39 percent of votes, with 58 percent coming from the Visayas, his bailiwick, and Mindanao with 41 percent and well-off Class ABC with 48 percent.

Legarda got 37 percent of votes, and is preferred by those from Luzon (43 percent) and the poorest Class E (41 percent).

Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay got 14 percent of votes while former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando and former Optical Media board chair Eduardo Manzano got 2 percent each,

Legarda is the only vice presidential candidate who registered a significant change in her rating, gaining 14 percentage points compared to the October survey.

Roxas’ score increased only by 2 percentage points while Binay and Fernando had a 1 percentage point improvement in their ratings.


Aquino said the Pulse survey results "validate our belief that the Filipino people continue to support our campaign for an honest government."

"It comes at a time when our many opponents are desperately trying to bring us down through lies and black propaganda. The fact that these are among the highest ever ratings for a presidential candidate -- former president Joseph Estrada’s peak approval stood at 42 percent and remained at around 38 percent during the 1998 elections -- proves that their dirty tricks are not working.

Roxas said there is a demolition job against his team and supporters, because they are always on top of surveys.


Roxas and two of Aquino’s sisters, Ma. Elena Aquino-Cruz and Aurora Corazon Aquino-Abellada, said they are not intimidated by the administration’s party political machinery.

The three were in Victoria City Sunday for the birthday celebration of Alfredo Benitez, candidate for Negros Occidental’ third district.

"I just believe that if God wants him (Noynoy) to be president, he will just put everything in place," said Cruz.

Abellada said they continue to get warm and enthusiastic welcome from people who are spending their own money to put up headquarters around across the nation for their brother’s campaign.

"They are telling us that they are helping because they want a better government and they have hope for change again with Noy running," Abellada added.


MalacaƱang expects Teodoro’s ratings to improve further.

Deputy spokesman Gary Olivar said Teodoro’s placing second in the presidential survey of the Makati Business Club was "heartwarming" because it showed that the business community "recognizes and respects intelligence, achievement, platform, as qualities to look for in a presidentiable."

Teodoro got 14 percent in the MBC survey, trailing cousin Aquino who got 61 percent of the MBC members who voted in the December 8-18 survey where Villar got 7 percent, Gordon 3 percent, and Estrada, 1 percent. – With JP Lopez and Gilbert Bayoran

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