MANILA, Philippines - Six in 10 Filipinos are not in favour of President Aquino running for the presidency in 2016 should the Constitution be amended to allow his reelection, a Pulse Asia survey showed.
The poll, conducted from Sept. 8 to 15, asked respondents: "If the Constitution will be amended and the president would be allowed to run again, are you in favour or not in favour of President Aquino running again for the presidency?"
Pulse Asia found 62 per cent of respondents not in favour of Aquino's reelection, while 38 per cent said otherwise.
Except in Visayas (50 per cent), the majority sentiment is reflected in the rest of Luzon (71 per cent), Metro Manila (67 per cent), Mindanao (52 per cent) and Classes ABC (63 per cent), D (61 per cent) and E (65 per cent).
Under the 1987 Constitution the president has a fixed term of six years without reelection.
Aquino first broached the idea of seeking a second term in a television interview in August.
Elaborating on his plan in an interview with the Inquirer last month, he said that apart from not wanting the gains of his administration to go to waste, he wanted to fend off those who want to destabilize the government, flush out the aspirants for the presidency in 2016 and fight those who want to make him a lame duck.
"If I close the door (to an extension) now, it will embolden these people who want to destabilize [the government]," the President said.
Using face-to-face interviews, the nationwide survey covered 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and older. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
No to Charter change now
Pulse Asia also found 62 per cent of the respondents saying there was no need to amend the 1987 Constitution at the present time.
Of this figure, 30 per cent said the Constitution should not be amended now but at some time in the future, while 32 per cent said it should not be amended now, nor any other time.
The latest mark is 6 ticks up from the 56 per cent recorded in October 2010, around the time Aquino marked his first 100 days in office.
Twenty per cent said the Constitution should be amended now, down from 40 per cent in October 2010.
Those who are ambivalent on the matter totaled 18 per cent, up from 4 per cent recorded earlier.
The survey also showed 61 per cent of respondents were aware about the proposals to amend the Constitution, while 39 per cent said they were not.