Most Filipinos trust Trump, even as his ratings remain low internationally

Published January 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Gabriela Baron

A recent survey revealed that the Philippines showed the highest confidence for US President Donald Trump, even as his ratings remained low around the world.

US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives in barong during the gala dinner marking ASEAN's 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines, November 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/FILE/MANILA BULLETIN)
US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives in barong during the gala dinner marking ASEAN’s 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines, November 12, 2017. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/FILE/MANILA BULLETIN)

Pew Research Center revealed in its latest survey that 77 percent of Filipinos believe that Trump would do the right thing when it comes to world affairs.

This is the third consecutive year that the Philippines topped the survey, among other countries. There were 78 percent of Filipinos who voiced support for Trump in 2018 and 69 percent in 2017.

“[The] ratings for US President Donald Trump’s handling of world affairs are largely negative around the world,” the survey found, with only 29 percent expressing confidence in him.

However, perceptions of the US president are more positive in general in the Asia-Pacific and parts of Africa — 71 percent in Israel, 65 percent in Kenya, 58 percent in Nigeria, and 56 percent in India.

Meanwhile, the US leader got a poor review in Mexico, with 89 percent of Mexicans saying they do not have confidence in him.

Across the countries surveyed, a median of 64 percent voiced an unfavorable view towards Trump. The result came from 36,923 people in 33 countries; the study was conducted from May 18 to Oct. 2.

 
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