New poll shows Duterte still pop­u­lar

The New Paper - - NEWS -

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte re­tained a high pub­lic ap­proval rat­ing in an opin­ion poll re­leased yes­ter­day, a stark con­trast to a dif­fer­ent sur­vey ear­lier this week that showed a sharp de­cline in trust and sat­is­fac­tion in the mav­er­ick leader.

Of 1,200 Filipinos sur­veyed by poll­ster Pulse Asia late last month, 80 per cent said they trust and ap­prove of Mr Duterte, slightly down from 81 per cent and 82 per cent re­spec­tively in its June sur­vey.

“Ap­proval” rates his per­for­mance and “trust” re­lates to his per­son­al­ity in the Pulse sur­vey, which did not ask re­spon­dents to give a rea­son.

A poll by So­cial Weather Sta­tions con­ducted at the same time and re­leased last Sun­day showed that trust and sat­is­fac­tion in Mr Duterte — also rat­ings of per­son­al­ity and per­for­mance — fell to the low­est of his pres­i­dency.

That poll showed he re­mained pop­u­lar, but the falls by 15 points and 18 points re­spec­tively were sig­nif­i­cant and came af­ter a demon­stra­tion by thou­sands of Filipinos and un­prece­dented pub­lic scru­tiny on his war on drugs trig­gered by the Aug 16 killing of a teenager by po­lice.

Since Mr Duterte took of­fice 15 months ago, more than 3,900 peo­ple have been killed in anti-nar­cotics op­er­a­tions.

Po­lice said the vic­tims were armed and put up vi­o­lent re­sis­tance in each of those cases and re­ject rights groups’ al­le­ga­tions they are ex­e­cut­ing sus­pected drug users and deal­ers.

Mr Duterte this week or­dered po­lice to stand down from the cam­paign, and his of­fice said it is to shift fo­cus to­wards big­ger tar­gets in op­er­a­tions by the drugs en­force­ment agency.

An­a­lysts were un­able to ex­plain why there was such a big dif­fer­ence in the re­sults of the sur­veys by two well-re­spected poll­sters.

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