The approval ratings of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte took a big hit in the third quarter, the latest survey by Pulse Asia showed.
After enjoying an 80 percent rating in Pulse Asia’s poll last June, Marcos’ approval rating slipped to 65 percent, and that of Duterte from 84 percent to 73 percent in its September 10-15 survey.
The polling firm attributed the sizable decline to issues surrounding the deliberation of next year’s national budget, including the controversial confidential funds earmarked for the Offices of the President and Vice President.
Also contributing to the double-digit drop were the country’s long-standing territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea and the skyrocketing prices of commodities, particularly rice.
Like Marcos and Duterte, the three other top officials of the country also experienced declines in their approval and trust ratings in the September survey.
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri obtained an approval rating of 50 percent (from 56 percent) and trust rating of 49 percent (from 57 percent).
Meanwhile, the approval rating of Speaker Martin Romualdez dropped to 41 percent (from 52 percent), while his trust rating dropped to 38 percent (from 54 percent).
The approval and trust ratings of Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo dropped by 10 points to 34 percent (from 44 percent) and 33 percent (from 43 percent), respectively.
The survey had 1,200 adult respondents and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percent.