Duterte keeps “excellent” trust rating-SWS poll

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MANILA, Philippines-Despite the criticisms hurled against him, President Rodrigo Duterte maintains “excellent” trust rating from Filipinos.

In a national survey conducted last March 25-28 with 1,200 respondents found 80 percent of Filipinos with much trust, 11 percent undecided, and 10 percent with little trust in President Duterte.

This gives Duterte an “excellent” +70 net trust rating, “similar” to the +72 he got in December 2016, and consistent under the said grade since he was elected President, the SWS said.

The first quarter non-commissioned survey by Social Weather Station (SWS) was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adult Filipinos nationwide.

The survey result was released Saturday night.

It had a sampling error margin of ±3 percent, and ±6 each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, where SWS got 300 respondents each.

Duterte’s net trust rating remains “excellent” in urban areas, at +72, but fell by three points and one grade—from “excellent” to “very good”—in rural areas, with +68.

Most trusted leader

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a statement Sunday attributed the result as Duterte “continues to be the most trusted national leader today,” as he leads “change” in the country.

Abella added “His net trust rating has been excellent for four consecutive quarters, considering the deeply entrenched culture of illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.”

The Palace urged the public “to be vigilant and engaged partners in active pursuit of change.”

“The resistance to change in Philippine society has been breached by President Duterte; with him we are assured that the interests of the Filipino people come first and last,” Abella said.

Duterte’s net trust rating has been excellent for four consecutive quarters since rising from the moderate +26 (54 percent much trust, 28 percent little trust) in May 2016.

The President’s net trust rating stayed excellent in urban areas, hardly moving from +73 (82 percent much trust, 8 percent little trust) in December 2016 to +72 (81 percent much trust, 9 percent little trust) in March 2017.
It was down by three points from +71 (80 percent much trust, 9 percent little trust) in December to +68 (79 percent much trust, 10 percent little trust) in March.

‘Excellent’ in urban areas, Metro Manila

While he saw a six-point decline in both Balance Luzon and Visayas, the President’s net trust rating rose by one grade, from “very good” to “excellent,” in Metro Manila, where he is now up by nine points to +74.

His net trust rating remains “excellent” in urban areas, at +72, but fell by three points and one grade—from “excellent” to “very good”—in rural areas, with +68.

Among classes, his net rating rose from “very good” to “excellent” in ABC, where it is up by 16 points to +75. He got an “excellent” +71 in Class D, or the so-called “masa,” but lost eight points, to a “very good” +64 in Class E.
Net trust for Duterte is higher among men, who gave him an “excellent” +73. He got a “very good” +67 from women.

The President saw a rise in trust from among 45 to 54-year-old. He still enjoys an “excellent” grade in the 18-24, 35-44, and 25-34 years brackets.

Meanwhile, those 55 years and older gave him a “very good” +60 net trust rating.

Net trust for the President is still “excellent” among college graduates and high school graduates , while it is at “very good” among elementary graduates and “non-elementary graduates”.

SWS stressed that trust rating is different from satisfaction rating as the former gauges public trust in a personality as a whole, while the latter asks about public satisfaction with an individual’s performance related to his/her position or duty.

In the survey, Filipinos’ satisfaction with the performance of Duterte as President was higher among those with much trust in him.-Editha Z. Caduaya/Newsline.ph

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