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Still majority approval, trust ratings for Duterte

By: Alexandria Dennise San Juan

President Duterte still has majority approval and trust ratings despite issues facing his administration, the latest Pulse Asia survey said.

The nationwide survey from Sept. 24 to 30 with 1,200 respondents showed that 80 percent approved Duterte’s work while seven percent disapproved while 13 percent were undecided.

Duterte’s approval rating was done two percentage points down from 82 percent last June.

The Chief Executive enjoyed high approval rating in Mindanao at 92 percent, followed by the Visayas at 86 percent, 76 percent in Metro Manila, and 72 percent in Luzon.

On the other hand, 80 percent of the respondents trust Duterte, with 14 percent undecided and six percent have no trust, down one percentage point three months ago.

He was trusted by 93 percent in Mindanao, 86 percent in Visayas, 76 percent in Metro Manila, and 72 percent in Luzon.

The next two highest government officials next to Duterte – Vice President Leni G. Robredo and Senate President Koko Pimentel – also have majority approval and trust ratings, Pulse Asia said.

Robredo had 57 percent and 55 percent approval ratings, respectively, while Pimentel had 55 percent trust and 52 percent approval ratings.

Robredo and Pimentel’s ratings declined from three months ago.

The third and fourth highest government officials next to Duterte, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno, also had lower approval and trust ratings compared to June.

Among the issued faced by Duterte during the survey period were the investigation on the P6.4-billion shabu from China, the sacking of the Caloocan City police over the death of two teenagers, the filing of an impeachment complaint against Sereno, and the alleged misdeclaration of his wealth.

The survey contradicted one released by the Social Weather Station a few days before in which Duterte had
double-digit decline in his satisfaction and trust ratings.