MANILA, Philippines – Most Filipinos said they trust President Rodrigo Duterte and were satisfied with his performance in the first 3 months, according to a poll released by Pulse Asia on Wednesday, October 12.
Up to 86% of the total 1,200 respondents in the poll conducted from September 25 to October 1 said they have a “big trust” for Duterte. The same percentage said they “approve” of his performance.
There were separate questions measuring the trust and performance ratings of the President.
Only 3% said they have “small or no trust” for the President. The same percentage said they “disapprove” of his performance. The rest were undecided.
Duterte’s trust rating is lower by 5 percentage points compared to his 91% trust ratings in a Pulse Asia survey conducted in July, when he had just assumed office. It is statistically negligible considering the 3-percentage-point error margin of the survey. The difference has to be more than 6 percentage points to be statistically significant.
This survey was the first time Pulse Asia measured Duterte’s performance rating.
Duterte enjoyed high ratings despite controversies that plagued his first 3 months in office. The survey period covers, among other events, Senate testimony of self-confessed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato, linking Duterte to widespread killings when he was mayor of Davao City; international criticism on his bloody war on drugs; his controversial speech where he was perceived to comparing himself to Hitler, and his subsequent apology to the Jewish community in the Philippines; and the commemoration of the martial law declaration.
His ratings are high across geographic areas and socio-economic classes. It is highest in Mindanao, his home region, where he got 96% trust rating and 93% satisfaction rating. – Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler.com