Duterte re­mains ‘most ap­proved, trusted’ of­fi­cial, says pulse asia sur­vey

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte re­mained the most ap­proved and most trusted govern­ment of­fi­cial govern­ment of­fi­cial, based on the De­cem­ber sur­vey by poll­ster Pulse Asia.

The Pres­i­dent earned ap­proval and trust scores of 80 per­cent and 82 per­cent, re­spec­tively, based on Pulse Asia's sur­vey con­ducted from De­cem­ber 10 to 15 last year.

Pulse Asia found that only seven per­cent “dis­ap­proved” Duterte's per­for­mance while six per­cent had “small or no trust” in him.

Duterte en­joyed the high­est ap­proval score of 93 per­cent in his baili­wick in Min­danao. It was fol­lowed by Visayas (86 per­cent), Manila (79 per­cent), and Lu­zon (72 per­cent).

He also se­cured high ap­proval rat­ings in Classes ABC (77 per­cent), D (79 per­cent), and E (85 per­cent).

The poll also showed that Duterte's trust rat­ing was high­est in Min­danao (94 per­cent), fol­lowed by Visayas (86 per­cent), Manila (79 per­cent), and Lu­zon (74 per­cent).

Duterte's trust scores were also high in Classes ABC (78 per­cent), D (80 per­cent), and E (85 per­cent).

Apart from Duterte, Pulse Asia said two other high­rank­ing of­fi­cials, Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo and Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III, also en­joyed high ap­proval and trust scores at the na­tional level.

Ro­bredo posted a 59-per­cent ap­proval score and 58-per­cent trust score while Pi­mentel ob­tained ap­proval and trust rat­ings of 57 per­cent and 53 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

Pulse Asia, on the other hand, noted that “in­de­ci­sion” re­mains the plu­ral­ity sen­ti­ment to­ward House Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez's per­for­mance as he got ap­proval and trust scores of only 42 per­cent and 37 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

In the case of Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno, Pulse Asia said “am­biva­lence” is the plu­ral­ity sen­ti­ment to­ward her per­for­mance, as she re­ceived only 31-per­cent ap­proval rat­ing and 27-per­cent trust rat­ing.

In a press con­fer­ence, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque Jr. said the ex­ec­u­tive depart­ment wel­comed the poll re­sults, which showed that the Filipinos “are aware of and rec­og­nized the sig­nif­i­cant strides that the Pres­i­dent un­der­took in his one year and a half month in of­fice.”

Roque as­sured the pub­lic that the Pres­i­dent would con­tinue to ful­fill his man­date to stamp out crim­i­nal­ity, il­le­gal drugs, and cor­rup­tion in the coun­try.

“Pulse Asia re­leased its last quar­ter sur­vey on ap­proval and trust rat­ings of the Pres­i­dent. The Pres­i­dent re­ceived the high­est ap­proval at 80 per­cent and high­est trust level at 82 per­cent among the coun­try’s top five na­tional of­fi­cials,” Roque said.

“We as­sure our peo­ple that he will con­tinue to dis­charge his du­ties with the na­tion’s in­ter­est fore­most in his mind. With that, we call on ev­ery­one to put this ap­pre­ci­a­tion into ac­tion by stand­ing as one and help­ing the govern­ment as we con­tinue to ad­dress the prob­lem of poverty, il­le­gal drugs, crim­i­nal­ity and cor­rup­tion,” he added.

Around 1,200 adult Filipinos were in­ter­viewed by Pulse Asia dur­ing the sur­vey pe­riod, which had an er­ror mar­gin of ±3 per­cent­age points at the 95-per­cent con­fi­dence level. Sub­na­tional es­ti­mates for each of Manila, the rest of Lu­zon, Visayas, and Min­danao have a ±6 per­cent­age points er­ror mar­gin at 95 per­cent con­fi­dence level.

Among the is­sues that cropped up dur­ing the con­duct of sur­vey were the Con­gress’ ap­proval of Duterte’s re­quest to ex­tend mar­tial law un­til De­cem­ber 2018 and the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s for­mal dec­la­ra­tion to end the talks with the com­mu­nists and brand them as ter­ror­ists. Sun­Star Philip­pines

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