Duterte's approval, trust ratings soar in April – Publicus survey

Published April 11, 2022, 4:05 PM

by Dhel Nazario

President Duterte’s approval and trust ratings are higher in April 2022 than at any point in 2021 according to results of the latest independent and non-commissioned Publicus Pahayag 2022 survey.

President Rodrigo Duterte (Malacañang photo)

The survey results, released on Monday, April 11, conducted between March 30 and April 6, 2022 among 1,500 respondents showed that 67.2 percent of them “approve” or “strongly approve” of Duterte’s performance as chief executive over the past twelve months.

Publicus said that his approval ratings on Publicus’ 2021 quarterly surveys ranged from a low of 57.9 percent in July 2021 to a high of 64.9 percent in March and December 2021, respectively.

Meanwhile, 61.2 percent of the survey respondents rated Duterte’s trustworthiness as “high” or “very high”. His Total High Trust ratings in 2021 ranged from a low of 50.4 percent in July to a high of 55.1 percent in January.

On the other hand, Publicus said that Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo and Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also notched five-quarter highs with their April 2022 trust ratings with 27.2 percent of respondents saying they had “high” or “very high” trust in Robredo, compared to 25.3 percent for Sotto.

However, Robredo also earned the highest Total Disapproval and Total Low Trust ratings among the top five government officials according to Publicus with 42.2 percent of respondents saying they “disapprove” or “strongly disapprove” of the Vice President’s performance over the past twelve months. Almost half of all respondents or 48.2 percent said they put “no trust” or “low trust” in Robredo.

“Vice President Robredo’s relatively poor approval and trust ratings are likely attributable in part to her branding as the leader of the opposition. 42.9% of survey respondents identified themselves as ‘mildly’ or ‘strongly anti-opposition’. This is practically identical to her 42.2% disapproval rating, and close to her 48.2% Total Low Trust rating,” Publicus said.

The 1,500 respondents who participated in the survey were randomly drawn by the Singapore office of American firm PureSpectrum from its market research panel of over 200,000 Filipinos.

The final survey panel was restricted to registered voters.