Duterte keeps high Pulse ap­proval rat­ing



PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte kept his very high ap­proval and trust rat­ings in the lat­est sur­vey by poll­ster Pulse Asia, de­spite crit­i­cisms on his war on drugs and op­po­si­tion al­le­ga­tions of un­ex­plained wealth.

The sur­vey of 1,200 re­spon­dents from Septem­ber 24 to 30, showed Duterte’s 80-per­cent trust and ap­proval rat­ings were higher com­pared with and 2 per­cent­age points, re­spec­tively.

The Pulse Asia Sur­vey con­trasted with that of the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey that showed a dou­ble-digit drop in the Pres­i­dent’s “sat­is­fac­tion” rat­ing in the same pe­riod, par­tic­u­larly in the poor­est “E” class.

In Pulse, how­ever, Duterte’s ap­proval rat­ing was the high­est among the poor­est Filipinos, with his Class E rat­ing at 86 per­cent, Class D at 79 per­cent, and Class ABC at 75 per­cent.

The Pres­i­dent also got an 85-per­cent

trust rat­ing in Class E; 80 per­cent in Class D; and 74 per­cent in Class ABC.

Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Pulse sur­vey re­sults showed that the peo­ple still sup­ported the Pres­i­dent’s vi­sion for the Philip­pines “de­spite the multi-faceted po­lit­i­cal noise.”

He also noted that the sur­vey was con­ducted “at the height of the de­mo­li­tion job against the Pres­i­dent, even im­pli­cat­ing some mem­bers of the Pres­i­dent’s fam­ily.”

“We hope these sur­vey re­sults in­spire us in the gov­ern­ment that de­spite odds and chal­lenges we con­tinue to pro­vide a com­fort­able life for all Filipinos in an en­vi­ron­ment free from il­le­gal drugs and crim­i­nal­ity,” Abella told re­porters.

Dur­ing and be­fore the Pulse sur­vey pe­riod, the news cov­ered the Se­nate probe into the ship­ment of P6.4 bil­lion worth of shabu from China, in which the Pres­i­dent’s son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and his son-in-law, Manases Car­pio, ap­peared. Both de­nied al­le­ga­tions they were in­volved in smug­gling.

An­other was the “rev­e­la­tion” of Duterte that Sen. An­to­nio Tril­lanes 4th had a se­cret bank ac­count in Sin­ga­pore, which the se­na­tor dis­proved. The Pres­i­dent later ad­mit­ted that he just “in­vented” the bank ac­count num­bers that he had an­nounced in public sup­pos­edly to “bait” his critic.

The killings of teens Kian de­los San­tos, Carl Ar­naiz, and Rey­naldo de Guz­man also dom­i­nated the head­lines in Au­gust and early Septem­ber, fan­ning public out­rage and crit­i­cism of Duterte’s war on drugs.

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