The Triumph of the Trapos

  • W. Scott Thompson


By the middle of 1989 it was clear that the old politics had triumphed. Aquino’s popularity had slipped to 35 percent approval, according to a “Social Weather Station” survey, down from 77 percent a year earlier.2 Put another way, the “margin of satisfaction” with her rule, measured as the percentage “satisfied” minus those “unsatisfied,” had gone from +58 percent in February 1988 to +22 percent in August 1989.3 For the opportunistic vice president, Doy Laurel, the margin had gone in the same period from a mere +16 percent to a −18 percent among ABCs. Where there are losers there must be winners: General Eddie Ramos stayed high—around two thirds—among all groups in the same period.


Relative Deprivation Press Conference Bandwagon Effect Cabinet Member Coup Attempt 
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  1. 3.
    Ateneo de Manila University, Public Opinion Survey, August 1989 (Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University, 1989), Table 6. Hereafter Ateneo Survey.Google Scholar

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© W. Scott Thompson 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Scott Thompson
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  1. 1.Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyUSA

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