Dip in Aquino rating due to Noynoying on people’s demands

“The president is merely reaping the fruits of his Noynoying.”

This was labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno’s reaction to the recent Social Weather Stations survey showing a drop from “very good” to “good” in the satisfaction rating of the president, saying people are becoming aware of the president’s inaction on their demands and are getting impatient with him.

The survey, conducted from March 10 to 13, showed that the number of people who are satisfied with the president’s performance dropped across the board, resulting in a drop from +58 to +49, with the biggest drop in Class D or the masa.

The survey also showed that the proportion of people who said the president is serving the poor fell by 13 points from 48 per cent to 35 per cent while those who said he is serving the rich rose by 5 points from 23 per cent to 27 per cent.

“Despite the spectacle of the Corona impeachment trial, it became clearer to the public that the president is not doing anything to provide people with relief from the high prices of oil and basic goods and services, low wages, joblessness, and demolition of poor communities,” said Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.

“A growing number of Filipinos are becoming aware of his collusion with the oil cartel and big foreign and local capitalists to the detriment of workers and the poor,” he added.

“Our fearless forecast is that the president’s popularity will continue to fall, given the kind of policies that he has implemented and is bent on implementing,” he said.

KMU said the president’s propaganda efforts – such as hyping record highs in the stock market, investor confidence, and credit rating upgrades – will be in vain unless he does something significant to ease the worsening hunger and poverty in the country.

“There’s a limit to what propaganda efforts can achieve before an audience that is getting hungrier and poorer by the day,” Labog said.

“In the end, people will believe what they feel in their guts, in their stomachs, more than what they are being told by the government,” he added.

“Protests on the issue of high oil prices, low wages, rampant contractualization, joblessness, demolition of poor communities, among others simply won’t go away. They are bound to intensify unless some relief is granted,” he said.

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