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Marcos, Duterte post high trust, performance ratings in October Octa poll

Bea Cupin

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Marcos, Duterte post high trust, performance ratings in October Octa poll

DISCUSSION. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr meets his cabinet in Malacanang on October 11, 2022.

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The survey results, released in late November 2022, capture sentiments from the last week of October

MANILA, Philippines – Most Filipinos trust and approve of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte, according to a survey by Octa Research.

The survey released on Wednesday, November 30, said most of those surveyed trusted Marcos and Duterte, with the top two leaders of the country emerging with identical 86% tallies. The two also shared other similar national numbers – 4% distrust nationally and 10% undecided across the Philippines.

A big majority of the respondents also gave the pair positive performance ratings, with 78% saying they were satisfied with Marcos, and 80% for Duterte.

The non-commissioned poll is a snapshot of public sentiment from October 23 to 27. The poll was released to the public more than a month after field work for the survey concluded.

Thus far – close to six months into the new administration – few survey firms have released polls gauging public sentiment towards the new administration.

Traditional survey firms Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, for instance, have not released opinion polls on the Marcos administration.

Both assumed office on June 30, 2022. The two are also concurrent Cabinet secretaries – Marcos heads the agriculture portfolio while Duterte is the education chief.

The “Tugon ng Masa” national survey covers the entire Philippines, with 1,200 respondents from Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey margin of error was at +/- 3%.

Highest trust from Class D

Almost all respondents in Mindanao, said they trusted both Marcos (92%) and Duterte (98%), which is not surprising since the island is the bailiwick of the Duterte political clan.

Sara Duterte hails from Davao City. Marcos’ predecessor, former president Rodrigo Duterte, is Sara’s father.

Marcos registered his lowest trust rating in Metro Manila at 82%, which still comprised most of those surveyed. Duterte’s weakest area was Balance Luzon (81%).

Marcos and Duterte also registered impressive trust ratings among respondents from Class E (90% for Marcos, 92% for Duterte), while their lowest trust ratings were from Class ABC (78% for Marcos, 85% for Duterte).

“Class ABC” in the survey made up a minority of respondents – 11 from Class C, 2 from Class Upper C, and 9 from Class Broad C. None of the respondents identified as belonging to Class AB.

In terms of performance ratings, Marcos and Duterte again good marks best in Mindanao (85% for Marcos, 96% for Duterte) and worst in Balance Luzon (74% for Marcos, 71% for Duterte).

Balance Luzon – or the rest of the Luzon island minus Metro Manila – had always been the “weakest” spot for the tandem in the 2022 polls. Still, their numbers leading up to the May 2022 elections showed they were still preferred by the respondents in that area as president and vice president, respectively.

Again, their performance ratings were highest with Class D (79% for Marcos, 81% for Duterte) and lowest with respondents from Class ABC (67% for Marcos, 75% for Duterte).

Other top officials

The OCTA survey also covered trust and performance ratings of other top government officials, including Senate President Migz Zubiri, House Speaker Martin Romualdez, and Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo.

The two Congressional leaders are close allies of Marcos and Duterte. Zubiri was in the Uniteam senatorial slate, which ran with Marcos as its standard bearer.

Romualdez is the cousin of Marcos and the 2022 co-campaign manager of Duterte.

Trust in Zubiri (52% nationally) was highest in Mindanao (66%) and Class E (55%). Romualdez’ numbers were considerably lower with a 38% trust nationally. Like Zubiri, trust towards Romualdez was highest in Mindanao (55%) and among Class E (40%).

Gesmundo, as most Chief Justices before him, registered the lowest awareness rating at 66%, and the lowest trust ratings among other heads of government – at just 24% nationwide.

The Chief Justice’s performance rating nationwide was at 30%, with the highest performance ratings in Mindanao and Class D. – Rappler.com

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Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.