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Duterte nets excellent trust rating

After his landslide victory, President Duterte maintained momentum as some 84 percent of Filipinos expressed “much trust” and only five percent having “little trust” in him, the latest Social Weather Stations survey said.

In the nationwide survey conducted last June 24-27 among 1,200 respondents, 84 percent have much trust in Duterte, 11 percent were undecided, and five percent have little trust, which translates to a net trust rating of “excellent” +79 (percentage of those with much trust minus percentage of those with little trust).

His net trust rating is only “moderate” +26 (54 percent with much trust, 28 percent with little trust) just before the national elections were held in May.

The respondents were particularly asked “to indicate if your trust/faith in Duterte is “very much,” “somewhat much,” “undecided if much or little,” “somewhat little,” “very little,” or “you have not heard or read anything about President Duterte ever?”

In the survey conducted on June 25-28, 2010, former President Aquino got a higher net trust rating of +83 (88 percent with much trust, four percent with little trust), though it is also under the SWS classification of “excellent.”

SWS attributed the significant increase in Duterte’s net trust rating to the overwhelming trust of Filipinos in Mindanao (+90 in June from +67 in May), in Metro Manila (+78 from +21), in the rest of Luzon (+75 from +9), and in the Visayas (+74 from +17). (Ellalyn B. de Vera)