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Duterte’s trust rating excellent

Filipinos’ trust in President Duterte has slightly declined but remained “excellent,” amid the government’s intensified anti-drug offensive, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey results.

In the nationwide survey conducted last Sept. 24-27 among 1,200 respondents, 83 percent said they have “much trust” in President Duterte, 9 percent were undecided, and 8 percent with “little trust” in him, which translates to a net trust rating of +76 (percentage much trust minus percentage little trust).

Duterte’s latest net trust rating is lower than the +79 (84% much trust, 5% little trust) net rating he received in June, but remained under the “excellent” category.

The President’s trust rating is also lower than the +83 (88 percent much trust, 4 percent little trust) received by former President Benigno S. Aquino III following his election victory in 2010.

SWS terminology for net trust ratings are translated as follows: +70 and above as “excellent;” +50 to +69 “very good;” +30 to +49 “good;” +10 to +29 “moderate;” +9 to –9 “neutral;” -10 to –29 “poor;” -30 to –49 “bad;” -50 to –69 “very bad;” and -70 and below “execrable.”

Duterte’s slightly lower national trust rating can be attributed to declines in his ratings in the rest of Luzon (from +75 to +69, Metro Manila (from +78 to +76), and Visayas (from +74 to +73). (Ellalyn de Vera)