Duterte’s trust and approval ratings recover in December

By Xave Gregorio, CNN Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust and approval ratings recovered in December after slumping in October, according to the latest survey released by private pollster Pulse Asia.

Duterte’s approval rating rose nine percentage points to 87 percent from 78 percent in September, with more people from Luzon, excluding Metro Manila, and class ABC expressing their approval for the President.

His trust rating also increased nine percentage points to 83 percent from 74 percent. More people from Luzon outside of Metro Manila and those from class ABC expressed trust in Duterte.

Only a mere five percent expressed disapproval for Duterte, while only six percent said they hardly trusted or did not trust him at all.

Duterte’s disapproval rating slid down three percentage points, while distrust in him dropped by three percentage points.

Eight percent of those surveyed said they were undecided about Duterte’s performance, while 10 percent were uncertain whether or not they trusted him.

Malacañang called Duterte’s sustained high ratings in surveys “unprecedented.”

“The figures of the survey graphically show how the Filipino people are united in cementing their support to [Duterte,] and in agreement with the government programs geared toward uplifting the social and economic condition of the masses of our people,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Sunday in a statement.

He added, “This latest approval rating is a clear repudiation of the fabricated tale and the false narratives of the haters of the President including the foreign entities that have joined the fray with blinders in their eyes.”

More Filipinos also trusted and approved of the performance of other top officials, namely Vice President Leni Robredo, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

Cayetano’s approval and trust ratings saw the highest jump among all top officials. His approval rating increased by 16 percentage points to 80 percent, while his trust rating rose 14 percentage points to 76 percent.

Disapproval for Cayetano was sustained at six percent, while distrust for him fell by three percentage points to six percent.

Slightly more people approved of and trusted Robredo, with her approval rating rising by eight percentage points to 58 percent and her trust rating increasing by seven percentage points to 53 percent.

Robredo continued to be the least trusted and most frowned upon top official, with 20 percent of those surveyed saying they do not trust her and 20 percent saying they do not approve of her work.

Disapproval and distrust in Robredo, however, slightly dropped by two percentage points and five percentage points, respectively.

Sotto’s trust and approval rating, meanwhile, both shot up 12 percentage points to 78 percent and 84 percent, respectively.

Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes told CNN Philippines that they surveyed 1,200 people for the non-commissioned poll conducted from December 3 to 8.

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