By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy majority approval and trust scores, along with Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senate President Koko Pimentel in mid-2018 Pulse Asia survey.
Based on the survey results released by Pulse Asia Research on Friday, President Duterte obtained an approval score of 88% and and a trust score of 87%.
The June 2018 survey showed that among the 1,800 respondents, only 3% disapproved the performance of the President while 2% said they do not trust him.
Meanwhile, Robredo and Pimentel also obtained majority approval scores of 62% and 72%, respectively while a big plurality of Filipinos (47%) express appreciation for the work done by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
Robredo’s trust scores also remain high at 56%, along with Pimentel at 64% and Alvarez at 45%.
At the national level, the leading government officials experience gains in public approval for their performance from March to June 2018.
President Duterte earned +8 percentage points, Robredo got a +7 percentage points, Pimentel, a +11 percentage points, and Alvarez with a +6 percentage points.
The overall trust ratings of President Duterte, former Senate President Pimentel, and House Speaker Alvarez go up between March and June 2018 (+9 to +11 percentage points).
Duterte and Pimentel both register majority approval ratings across geographic areas (83% to 99% and 66% to 81%, respectively) and socioeconomic groupings (84% to 91% and 67% to 76%, respectively).
While Robredo enjoys majority approval scores in every geographic area (56% to 73%) and in Classes D and E (both at 63%).
For House Speaker Alvarez, most Mindanaons (68%) and those in Class E (52%) approved his work in the past quarter.
Majority approval figures are also enjoyed by the Senate at 69%, the House of Representatives at 66%, and the Supreme Court 63% at the national level.
High trust scores are also obtained by the Senate at 61%, the House of Representatives at 58%, and the Supreme Court at 54%.
The Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Supreme Court all enjoy higher overall approval ratings in June 2018 compared to March 2018 at 63% to 69% and 53% to 60%, respectively.
However, indecision is the plurality opinion on the matter of trusting or distrusting former Supreme Court Chief Justice Mari Lourdes Sereno at 45%.
The latest survey showed that distrust score is more notable toward the Supreme Court Chief Justice at 35%.
The ousted Chief Justice distrust score also increased during this period with +8 percentage points.
When the survey fieldwork was conducted in June 15 to 21, the Supreme Court, through an 8-6 vote, affirmed its earlier ruling that led to the ouster of Sereno on the basis of a quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General.
During this period, the police arrested more than 7,000 loiterers or “tambays” in Metro Manila alone since President Duterte ordered them to be stricter against night-idlers.