PULSE ASIA: DUTERTE IS MOST TRUSTED
President posted highest approval score in Mindanao (92 percent), followed by Visayas 86), Manila (76) and Luzon (72)
Amid the various issued being faced by his administration, President Rodrigo R. Duterte manages to retain his big majority approval and trust ratings (both at 80 percent). PULSE ASIA
The results of the latest Pulse Asia survey reported that President Rodrigo Duterte is still the highest rated and most trusted top government official in the third quarter of 2017.
According to the survey conducted from Sept. 24 to 30, the President’s approval and trust scores slightly decreased but he continues to enjoy a “big majority” approval score for his performance pegged at 80 percent, while his trust score continues to be high in general with 80 percent.
The Pulse Asia said Duterte’s approval and trust ratings fell by just two-percentage points and one-percentage point, respectively, from his rating in the June 2017 ratings.
“Amid the various issued being faced by his administration, President Rodrigo R. Duterte manages to retain his big majority approval and trust ratings (both at 80 percent),” Pulse Asia said in a statement.
Only seven percent disap- proved the President while six percent distrusts him.
The President posted the highest approval score in his bailiwick in Mindanao at 92 percent, followed by Visayas (86 percent), Manila (76 percent), and Luzon (72 percent).
He also obtained majority approval ratings in Class E (86 percent), Class D (79 percent), and Class ABC (75 percent).
Duterte likewise secured the highest trust rating in Mindanao, which was recorded at 93 percent. It was followed by Visayas (86 percent), Manila (76 percent), and Luzon (72 percent).
Trust scores in Classes ABC, D, and E were also high at 74 percent, 80 percent, and 85 percent respectively.
Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella welcomed the public’s “enormous” approval and trust conferred on Duterte, despite the “demolition job” against him and his family as well.
“The Palace welcomes the results of latest Pulse Asia’s nation- wide survey on the performance and trust rating of top Philippine government officials,” Abella said in a press conference.
“Take note, the survey [was] conducted last Sept. 24 to 30th, at the height of demolition job against the President, even implicating some members of the President’s family… It’s just an attempt to shake the foundation. But apparently, as the Pulse Asia rating has shown, there seems to be enormous amount of appreciation for the President,” he added.
During the conduct of Pulse Asia survey, Duterte’s son and son-in-law, Davao City Mayor Paolo Duterte and lawyer Manases Carpio, respectively, were accused of being behind the socalled “Davao Group” that was linked to the reported smuggling and corruption hounding the Bureau of Customs.
During the survey period, Duterte threatened the Office of the Ombudsman to create an independent commission that will investigate its alleged irregularities. His warning came amid the anti- graft body’s investigation into his family’s alleged ill- gotten wealth.
The survey also covered the President’s accusation that his staunch critic, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, owned several offshore bank accounts and his later admission that he “invented” the lawmaker’s bank account in Singapore to trick him.
The public’s outcry over the deaths of minors because of Duterte’s deadly crackdown on illegal drugs also dominated the news when Pulse Asia carried out the poll.
Abella said the Duterte administration would remain committed to pushing for a “comfortable life” for all by attaining its goal to have an “environment free from illegal drugs and criminality.”
“Despite the multi-faceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today, with an 80 percent approval rating and 80 percent trust rating,” Abella said.
“We hope these survey results inspire us in the government, that despite the odds and challenges, we continue to provide a comfortable life for all Filipinos, in an environment free from illegal drugs and criminality. This is the way we return the overwhelming confidence and trust bestowed by our people on the President,” he added.