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President’s ratings dip

President Duterte’s performance and trust ratings suffered a five-point and seven-point decline respectively in the first quarter Pulse Asia survey released yesterday.

The nationwide survey conducted last March 15 to 20 among 1,200 respondents found that 78 percent of Filipinos appreciate the work done by Duterte in the past three months while seven percent expressed otherwise. This is five points lower than the President’s 83 percent approval rating he received in the last quarter of 2016.

Seventy-six percent of Filipinos expressed trust in Duterte while five percent have small or no trust in him. The President’s latest national trust score is lower by seven points from his 83 percent trust score three months ago.
Pulse Asia pointed out that the highest ratings in the case of both his performance and trustworthiness were granted to Duterte by those in Mindanao (80 percent and 90 percent, respectively). The lowest figures were given by those in the rest of Luzon (71 percent and 67 percent, respectively).

The President also enjoyed single-digit disapproval and distrust scores in all geographic areas (three to nine percent and three to eight percent, respectively) and socio-economic groupings upper-to-middle Class ABC, D or “masa” and poorest Class E (five to nine percent and five to seven percent, respectively). (Ellalyn B. de Vera)