Duterte retains ‘big majority’ approval, trust – Pulse Asia
MANILA— President Rodrigo Duterte’s has retained his big majority approval and trust ratings despite public outrage over alleged police abuse in his brutal drug war and allegations of hidden wealth, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
In its Ulat ng Bayan national survey conducted from September 24 to 30 via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults, Pulse Asia found 80 percent of respondents having big trust and 6 percent having small trust in Duterte while 14 percent were undecided.
The biggest trust scores for Duterte came from his home region of Mindanao at 93 percent and from respondents who belong to class E at 85 percent.
Meanwhile, another 80 percent of those surveyed said they approve of Duterte while 7 percent expressed their disapproval.
Respondents from Mindanao at class E gave Duterte his highest approval ratings at 92 percent and 86 percent, respectively.
Pulse Asia’s poll came after Duterte suffered an 18-point plunge in his net satisfaction rating for the third quarter of this year, based on the September 23 to 27 survey conducted by polling firm Social Weather Stations. According to SWS President Mahar Mangahas, the drop in Duterte's ratings is faster than average against his predecessors.
Among the news items when both Pulse Asia and SWS conducted their surveys were the death of minors in the hands of Caloocan City cops that triggered public anger, as well as the latest claims of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV regarding Duterte’s alleged questionable wealth.
The same Pulse Asia poll also showed Vice President Leni Robredo also enjoying majority approval and trust scored, although a tad lower than the preceding survey.