By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy majority trust and approval ratings, and remains the most trusted and approved top government official in the latest Pulse Asia survey results.
In the nationwide survey conducted last June 24-30 with 1,200 adult respondents, 85 percent of Filipinos approve of the performance of President Duterte, only 3 percent disapprove, and 11 percent were undecided.
Pulse Asia said the President’s performance rating is “essentially unchanged” from 87 percent in March 2019.
During the same survey period, President Duterte’s trust rating remained unchanged between March 2019 and June 2019 at 85 percent. Only 4 percent expressed distrust in the President, while 11 percent were undecided in June.
President Duterte’s performance ratings in Metro Manila (81 percent), rest of Luzon (82 percent), and Visayas (90 percent) have been unchanged between March and June.
However, the President’s performance rating in Mindanao declined from 97 percent last March to 91 percent in June.
Pulse Asia also found that more Filipinos belonging to the upper-to-middle Class ABC (77 percent in March from 82 percent in June) have approved of President Duterte’s performance.
Those belonging to Class D or “masa” and Class E or the “poorest” were still appreciative of the President’s work, with 85 percent and 87 percent, respectively.
Meanwhile, trust in the President has improved among Metro Manila residents from 77 percent in March to 83 percent in June, but declined among the Class E from 90 percent to 86 percent.
In the survey, Pulse Asia also found that 55 percent of Filipinos approve of Vice President Leni Robredo’s performance, 24 percent disapprove, and 21 percent were undecided. Robredo enjoys a six-point improvement in her performance rating from 49 percent last March.
Likewise, more Filipinos have trust in the Vice President at 52 percent (from 47 percent in March). Twenty-six percent expressed distrust (from 23 percent), while 22 percent (from 30 percent) were undecided.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III gained 77 percent approval rating in June from 65 percent in March, and trust rating of 73 percent from 61 percent.
Meanwhile, nearly half of Filipino adults (47 percent expressed disapproval of the work of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, while 41 percent were either appreciative of or undecided about the performance of Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin.
The lowest approval rating (26 percent) was obtained by Macapagal-Arroyo, while the lowest indecision and disapproval figures were recorded by President Duterte, and Sotto (16 percent and 7 percent), respectively.
Pulse Asia pointed out that approval was the predominant opinion as regards the work of President Duterte and Sotto across geographic areas (81 percent to 91 percent and 67 percent to 87 percent, respectively).
Vice-President Robredo enjoyed majority approval in most geographic areas and socio-economic groupings (52 percent to 66 percent and 54 percent to 60 percent, respectively), with only those in Metro Manila and in Class ABC withholding majority scores from her (34 percent and 42 percent, respectively.
Macapagal-Arroyo has majority disapproval ratings in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon (53 percent and 52 percent respectively).
Disapproval is the plurality sentiment toward her work among those belonging to Class D and E (49 percent and 42 percent, respectively) and among those in Visayas (44 percent).
Basically, the same approval and disapproval figures were posted by Macapagal-Arroyo in Mindanao (40 percent versus 36 percent), while public opinion among those in Class ABC is split three-ways, with 36 percent being critical of her performance, 33 percent approving of the same, and 29 percent expressing indecision on the matter.
The only majority approval rating of Supreme Court Chief Justice Bersamin is given to him by those in Visayas (57 percent), while appreciation is the plurality sentiment in Mindanao (49 percent).
Meanwhile, most of those in Metro Manila (53 percent and those in Class ABC (55 percent) were unable to say if they have a positive or negative opinion about the latter’s work.
Indecision is expressed by a big plurality in the rest of Luzon (45 percent). In Class D and E, basically the same approval and indecision ratings were posted by the Supreme Court Chief Justice’s work (40 percent versus 39 percent and 46 percent versus 43 percent, respectively).
The same officials with majority approval ratings were also the ones who are trusted by most Filipino adults—President Duterte, Vice President Robredo, and Senate President Sotto, Pulse Asia pointed out.
Distrust in Macapagal-Arroyo is expressed by practically half of Filipinos (49 percent).
On the other hand, almost half of Filipino adults were unable to say if they trust or distrust Bersamin (48 percent). Filipinos were least inclined to trust Macapagal-Arroyo (22 percent), least undecided about the trustworthiness of President Duterte (11 percent), and least distrustful of President Duterte and Senate President Sotto (4 percent and 7 percent respectively).
Across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, majority trust ratings were registered by both President Duterte and Senate President Sotto (56 percent to 85 percent and 63 percent to 75 percent, respectively).
As for Vice President Robredo, she recorded majority trust scores in most geographic areas and socio-economic classes (52 percent to 58 percent and 52 percent to 56 percent, respectively).
Pulse Asia noted that again, those in Metro Manila and Class ABC, denied her majority ratings, with only about a third of them trusting her (31 percent and 33 percent, respectively).