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(07/21/07) -

Arroyo Stays Below 40% in the Philippines

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remains unchanged in the Philippines, according to a poll by Social Weather Stations. 39 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the president’s performance.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Public support for Gloria Macapagal Arroyo remains unchanged in the Philippines, according to a poll by Social Weather Stations. 39 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the president’s performance.

Arroyo took over as president in January 2001, following the resignation of Joseph Estrada. Arroyo won a six-year term in the June 2004 presidential election, garnering 39.99 per cent of all cast ballots.

Voters in the Philippines renewed the House of Representatives and one-half of the Senate on May 14. Preliminary results indicate that seven of the 12 upper house seats at stake will be taken by Genuine Opposition (GO) candidates, three by the pro-government Team Unity (TU), and two by independents.

This month, the government introduced new anti-terrorism legislation under the name of the Human Security Act (HSA). The left-leaning New Patriotic Alliance (Bayan) issued a statement, claiming the law is “a new dark age for human rights and civil liberties” and “a recipe for undeclared martial law”. Defence undersecretary Ric Blancaflor responded to the accusations, saying, “Only terrorists have reasons to be threatened.”

Polling Data

Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the performance of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as president?

Jun. 2007

Feb. 2007

Nov. 2006

Satisfied

39%

39%

34%

Dissatisfied

42%

43%

47%

Source: Social Weather Stations
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipino adults, conducted from Jun. 27 to Jun. 30, 2007. Margin of error is 3 per cent.