80% ap­proval for Rody

Pulse: Still ‘big ma­jor­ity’ rat­ings de­spite slight dip

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By HE­LEN FLORES

De­spite the con­tro­ver­sies hound­ing his ad­min­is­tra­tion, par­tic­u­larly on his bru­tal war on drugs, Pres­i­dent Duterte en­joys the trust and ap­proval of eight out of 10 Filipinos, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey.

Eighty per­cent of Filipinos ex­pressed ap­proval and trust in Duterte based on the Pulse Asia Septem­ber 2017 Ulat ng Bayan na­tional sur­vey, fielded from Sept. 24 to 30.

Only seven per­cent of 1,200 adult re­spon­dents ex­pressed dis­ap­proval with the Pres­i­dent, while six per­cent said they have “small or no trust” in him.

Com­pared to his rat­ings in June, Duterte’s ap­proval and trust rat­ings fell only by two points and one point, re­spec­tively.

In the Pulse Asia sur­vey, Duterte ob­tained ma­jor­ity ap­proval rat­ings across ge­o­graphic ar­eas and so­cio-eco­nomic classes (72 per­cent to

92 per­cent and 75 per­cent to 86 per­cent, re­spec­tively) and trust (72 per­cent to 93 per­cent and 74 per­cent to 85 per­cent, re­spec­tively).

But his scores in the new Pulse Asia poll con­trasted with that of So­cial Weather Sta­tions re­leased last Oct. 8, where the Pres­i­dent suf­fered 18-point and 15-point drops in his sat­is­fac­tion and trust rat­ings, re­spec­tively.

Pulse Asia pres­i­dent Ron­ald Holmes said dif­fer­ences of re­sults among sur­vey out­fits were not un­com­mon.

“We have seen dif­fer­ence in sur­vey re­sults among sur­vey or­ga­ni­za­tions be­fore. There are var­i­ous pos­si­ble rea­sons, from dif­fer­ences in ques­tions, sam­pling method, pe­riod when sur­vey was con­ducted, etc.,” Holmes told The STAR.

Palace wel­comes re­sults

Mala­cañang wel­comed the re­sults of the lat­est Pulse Asia sur­vey.

“De­spite the mul­ti­fac­eted po­lit­i­cal noise, Pres­i­dent Duterte is still the most ap­proved and most trusted gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in the Philip­pines to­day with an 80 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing and 80 per­cent trust rat­ing. Take note,” pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ernesto 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.

Duterte must not be over­con­fi­dent

Sen. Joseph Vic­tor Ejercito said Duterte’s fa­vor­able rat­ings should stave off desta­bi­liza­tion at­tempts, but these should not make him com­pla­cent or ig­nore crit­i­cisms.

“The Pres­i­dent has to lis­ten as well. He should also con­sider the slight dip (in his rat­ings) as a wake-up call to ex­pe­dite ma­jor pro­grams, spe­cially in­fra­struc­ture that would spur eco­nomic growth. He should not be over­con­fi­dent,” he added.

Ejercito also sug­gested that the Pres­i­dent fo­cus on equally im­por­tant mat­ters other than just the war against drugs.

Sen. Pan­filo Lac­son said he was still try­ing to fig­ure out how a dif­fer­ence of one to three days in the sur­vey pe­riod could dras­ti­cally change the trust and ap­proval per­cep­tion of peo­ple by 15 to 20 points “of an al­ready con­fus­ing brand of lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance style of (Duterte).”

“Why? I can only ven­ture a cal­cu­lated guess an­chored on my long years in gov­ern­ment ser­vice, not to men­tion my own deal­ings with peo­ple from all walks of life. Here it is: Mr. Juan de la Cruz has got­ten tired of the more-of-the-same type of lead­ers as far back as he has al­ready suf­fered and he is now ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a dif­fer­ent type in Ro­drigo Roa Duterte,” Lac­son said.

For Sen. Sonny An­gara, the re­sult of a sur­vey is a “snap­shot of pub­lic sen­ti­ment at a given time that re­ally changes from time to time, just like those of the pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents.”

Sen. Sher­win Gatchalian said Filipinos ob­vi­ously con­tinue to trust the Pres­i­dent and they ap­prove of his work and his ad­vo­ca­cies.

“How­ever, all stud­ies should be an­a­lyzed care­fully. It should be used to at­tune the poli­cies and pro­grams to the needs of our peo­ple. The ba­sic prob­lems such as poverty and im­punity still per­sist in our so­ci­ety,” he said.

Duterte’s al­lies, on the other hand, wel­comed the sur­vey re­sult.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Aquilino Pi­mentel III said he was not sur­prised by the re­sults of the poll.

“I can also feel the sup­port for the Pres­i­dent spon­ta­neously from the peo­ple I meet,” Pi­mentel said.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Vi­cente Sotto III said the re­sults of the poll were the “same feed­back I’m get­ting on the ground – that eight out of 10 Filipinos ap­prove of him and trust him.”

For Davao City Rep. Karlo No­grales, the sur­vey is proof that Filipinos “love” the Pres­i­dent.

He added that such rat­ings “will keep the po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity that we en­joy and lead us to greater heights as a na­tion.”

No­grales ex­pressed hope that the sur­vey re­sults “will dis­cour­age desta­bi­liz­ers from pur­su­ing at­tempts to dis­credit the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

But the op­po­si­tion said that it is Duterte who is desta­bi­liz­ing him­self.

Gov’t of­fi­cials’ rat­ings moved

Mean­while, other top na­tional gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials ex­pe­ri­enced marked move­ments in their own rat­ings both at the na­tional level and across ge­o­graphic ar­eas and so­cio-eco­nomic classes.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Pi­mentel ex­pe­ri­enced a seven-per­cent­age point de­cline in his ap­proval score and a six-point drop in his trust rat­ing in the third quar­ter.

Pi­mentel ob­tained an ap­proval rat­ing of 55 per­cent, while his trust rat­ing was at 52 per­cent in Septem­ber.

Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez and Chief Jus­tice Ma. Lour­des Sereno also suf­fered two-digit drops in their ap­proval and trust rat­ings.

Al­varez’s ap­proval and trust rat­ings both fell by 10 points to 33 per­cent and 31 per­cent, re­spec­tively.

Sat­is­fac­tion with the work of the Chief Jus­tice fell by 13 points to 35 per­cent, while trust in her dropped 12 points to 31 per­cent.

Ap­proval for the work done by Sereno plunged in the rest of Lu­zon (-16 points); and in Min­danao (-18 points) and among Class D (-14 points).

The sur­vey has sam­pling er­ror mar­gin of plus or mi­nus three per­cent­age points at the 95 per­cent con­fi­dence level.

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