71% OF FILIPINOS GIVE FAILING GRADE TO ARROYO’S ANTI-CORRUPTION EFFORTS

Seven out of ten Filipinos gave President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a failing grade in her anti-corruption efforts, according to the latest IBON Survey.

71% of respondents to the July 2007 IBON nationwide survey gave President Arroyo a failing grade when they were asked to rank her performance in combating corruption. This was slightly lower than the 72.7% recorded in July last year but substantially higher than the 61.22% recorded in the January 2007 survey round. A passing grade is 75 and above while failing is 74 below.

15.5% of respondents gave her a passing grade in combating corruption, higher than the 14.53% recorded last year but lower than the 20.4% in January. It is also notable that the percentage of respondents who gave her performance a higher-than-passing grade fell to 7.7% from 9.7% in July 2006 and 13.9% in January 2007.

The July 2007 IBON survey was conducted nationwide with 1,488 respondents to gauge the people’s perception of the economy, their livelihood and income, government performance and other pressing issues. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Below is the tabulation of results on respondents’ perception of the performance of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on combating corruption.

July 2006 January 2007 July 2007

Frequency % Frequency % Frequency %

Failing Grade 1,081 72.70 914 61.22 1,057 71.03

Passing Grade 216 14.53 304 20.36 231 15.52

Above Passing Grade 144 9.68 208 13.93 145 7.74

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