Duterte's trust, performance ratings recover – survey
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and performance ratings recovered from a significant dip earlier this year, results of a new survey showed Monday, July 17.
Pulse Asia Research's June 2017 Ulat ng Bayan survey, conducted from June 24 to 29, showed the Chief Executive is enjoying a majority approval score for his performance, pegged at 82% nationwide – a 4-percentage-point rise from his 78% rating in the March 2017 survey.
He got majority approval rating for his performance as the country's leader across all geographic areas and socioeconomic classes, Pulse Asia said.
Survey results showed that compared to the March 2017 results, Duterte's performance rating rose in the National Capital Region, Balance Luzon, and Mindanao, and among Class D and E respondents.
But his approval rating dipped by two percentage points among Visayas respondents, and by 7 percentage points among Class ABC respondents.
His disapproval rating dropped to 5% from 7%, while those undecided about his performance also dropped to 13% from 15%.
Duterte's trust rating also continues to be high in general, with 81% of respondents saying they trust the President, Pulse Asia said. On the other hand, 5% have little or no trust in him, while 14% are undecided.
This is a notable rise in his trust rating compared to the 76% he got last March.
Mirroring his performance rating, the President has majority trust across all geographic regions and among all socioeconomic classes, but there is a notable 7-percentage-point decline in his trust rating among Class ABC respondents compared to the March 2017 survey results.
Overall, the June 2017 survey results showed that Duterte has recovered from the significant dip in both trust and performance ratings in March 2017.
Last March, he received a 7-percentage-point drop in his trust rating, while his performance rating dipped by 5 percentage points compared to the December 2016 survey results. That was the biggest dip in his trust and performance ratings, so far.
Other top officials, institutions
Similar to Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III also enjoy majority trust and performance approval ratings, the same survey showed.
Robredo has a 61% approval rating, while Pimentel has 62%.
A near-majority of Filipinos also approve of the work of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno (48%), while Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez had the lowest approval rating among the 5 top officials at 43%.
As for trust ratings, 60% of Filipinos said they trust Robredo while 58% said they trust Pimentel. Sereno got a 43% trust rating, while Alvarez has 41%.
Congress and the Supreme Court also registered majority ratings in June, Pulse Asia said.
In the lead-up to the survey and as it was being conducted, the Marawi crisis – including the declaration of martial law in Mindanao – dominated the headlines. Also in the news were the Ilocos Norte tobacco funds probe, the House of Representatives' final approval of the government's tax reform bill, and the suspension of deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar.
The survey was conducted via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults 18 years old and above, Pulse Asia said. The margin of error for national results is at ±3%, while it is at ±6% for the subnational results. – Rappler.com