The per­for­mance and trust rat­ings of Pres­i­dent Duterte barely changed in Septem­ber, with eight of 10 Filipinos ap­prov­ing of his work and trust­ing him, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey re­port re­leased on Fri­day.

The third quar­ter Pulse Asia sur­vey from Sept. 24-30 showed Mr. Duterte’s over­all ap­proval at 80 per­cent and trust rat­ings at 80 per­cent. In June, his ap­proval score was at 82 per­cent and his trust score at 81 per­cent.

The Pres­i­dent en­joyed ma­jor­ity ap­proval (72 to 92 per­cent) and trust (72 to 93 per­cent) scores across all ge­o­graphic ar­eas and all so­cioe­co­nomic classes with 75 to 86 per­cent ap­prov­ing of his work and 74 to 85 per- cent trust­ing him.

The sur­vey re­sults con­trasted with the So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey, re­leased on Sun­day, sug­gest­ing Mr. Duterte suf­fered the big­gest dips in his rat­ings since as­sum­ing of­fice.

But Pulse Asia pres­i­dent Ron­ald Holmes said the vary­ing re­sults might be due to dif­fer­ences in sam­pling meth­ods, sur­vey ques­tions and pe­ri­ods when the sur­vey was con­ducted.

Pulse Asia in­ter­viewed 1,200 adults and used a mar­gin of er­ror of plus-or-min­ues 3 per­cent­age points.

Con­trast­ing re­sults

“It’s like con­duct­ing an ex­per­i­ment. If you fol­low the same pro­ce­dure, you’ll get the same re­sults. If you change the pro­ce­dure, don’t ex­pect the re- sults [to be] sim­i­lar,” Holmes said.

But even if the SWS sur­vey was true or even if his ap­proval and trust rat­ings dropped to zero, Mr. Duterte said he would con­tinue to work be­cause that was what he promised the peo­ple.

“If they say I will be­come un­pop­u­lar, that’s noth­ing to me,” he said in a Thurs­day in­ter­view that was aired on Fri­day.

Un­changed rat­ings

Aside from Mr. Duterte, Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo also main­tained her ap­proval and trust rat­ings.

Ro­bredo ob­tained a na­tional ap­proval rat­ing of 57 per­cent from 61 per­cent in June and a trust rat­ing of 55 per­cent from 60 per­cent.

She also got ma­jor­ity ap­proval and trust rat­ings in all ar­eas, ex­cept in Metro Manila (49-per­cent ap­proval and 47per­cent trust rat­ings). She got 48-per­cent ap­proval and 45per­cent trust rat­ings from Class ABC.

Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno, Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III and Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez saw their rat­ings slide.

Only about a third of sur­vey re­spon­dents ap­proved of the work of Sereno (33 per­cent) while 31 per­cent trusted her, but Sereno’s spokesper­son, lawyer Josa Deinla, blamed the im­peach­ment moves against the Chief Jus­tice.

“For the past months, she has been pub­licly vil­i­fied to jus­tify at­tempts to un­seat her on the ba­sis of un­founded al­le­ga­tions, which are not even im­peach­able of­fenses,” she added.

Al­varez him­self con­ceded that he had to “work harder” af­ter his rat­ings plum­meted to its low­est level since he be­came speaker.

Al­varez posted an ap­proval rat­ing of 33 per­cent in the lat­est sur­vey, down 10 points from June. His trust rat­ing also de­clined 10 points to 31 per­cent.

Pi­mentel slip­ping

Pi­mentel, on the other hand, also suf­fered a drop in his rat­ings although a ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents still ap­proved of and trusted him.

Pi­mentel’s rat­ing went down from 62 per­cent in June to 55 per­cent in Septem­ber, while his trust rat­ing fell from 58 per- cent in June to 52 per­cent in Septem­ber.

Palace in­spired

Mean­while, Mala­cañang wel­comed the re­sults of the Pulse Asia sur­vey and urged gov­ern­ment work­ers to draw in­spi­ra­tion from the re­sults.

“We hope these sur­vey re­sults in­spire us in the gov­ern­ment ... We con­tinue to pro­vide a com­fort­able life for all Filipinos,” pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son Ernesto Abella said.

“De­spite the mul­ti­fac­eted po­lit­i­cal noise, Pres­i­dent Duterte is still the most ap­proved and the most trusted gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in the Philip­pines to­day,” he said.

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