By Alyssa Rola, CNN Philippines
After hitting record lows in the third quarter of 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust and performance ratings have slightly increased in December, an independent pollster reported.
A Pulse Asia Survey conducted December 14 to 21 and released Friday showed the President gained a 76 percent trust score and an 81 percent performance rating in the last quarter of 2018.
This was up four percent and six percent from his 72 percent and 75 percentage scores in September 2018-when Duterte posted his lowest survey ratings so far in his tenure.
Seven percent of the respondents said they disapproved of the President’s performance, while 13 percent remained undecided.
The poll has a ± 2.3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo received stable scores in the two categories.
Robredo’s performance score slightly improved from 61 percent in September to 62 percent in December. Her trust score, on the other hand, remained steady at 56 percent.
16 percent of the respondents said they disapproved of the Vice President’s performance in the last quarter, while 21 percent were undecided.
Duterte still the most trusted official; respondents still critical of House Speaker
Duterte remained the most trusted government official, the pollster added. Only six percent of the respondents said they have little to no trust for the chief executive.
Malacañang said the survey results only serves as a message to detractors who “don’t see or refuse to see the good in whatever the Chief Executive (Duterte) does and says.”
“The Pulse Asia survey was conducted from December 14 to 21, 2018, coming at a time when Congress approved the third extension of martial law in Mindanao and PRRD’s approval of his economic managers’ recommendation to proceed with the implementation of the P2 hike in fuel excise tax and the arrest of partylist members in Davao del Norte, as among the developments that preoccupied our people’s mind during the survey data gathering period,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Panelo added the performance rating will not stop Duterte from “excelling” and performing his duties as President.
“His heart and mind will be focused (on) performing his constitutional duties faithfully and courageously,” the spokesman added.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar added the improvement in the President’s ratings is a “testament to how this administration (is) attuned to the needs of the greater majority.”
“This government will continue to focus on the goal of giving a “comfortable life for all” rid of hard drugs, criminality and corruption,” Andanar said in a statement.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also garnered the trust of majority of the Filipinos with a 66 percent rating in December.
A huge chunk of the respondents remained critical of the work done by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the last quarter of 2018.
Forty-five percent of respondents nationwide expressed little to no trust for the former President. Majority of Metro Manila respondents (52 percent) voiced out distrust for Arroyo.
But the House Speaker said these ratings were “not new to her.”
“Remember I was pilloried very much when I was President so I haven’t done much to overcome that because I just have to do my work,” Arroyo said in an interview in Pampanga Friday.
“I already said it the last time, I am not a stranger to those kinds of ratings.”
Approval and trust ratings also remained steady for the legislative and judiciary branches, Pulse Asia added.
The Senate received the highest performance approval rating at 69 percent, while the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court got 66 percent and 64 percent, respectively.
The poll was conducted through face-to-face interviews. It included a sample of 1,800 adults from around the country.