Marcos, Duterte keep high approval ratings

(UPDATE) PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte continue to enjoy the trust of Filipinos, PUBLiCUS Asia’s Pahayag second quarter survey showed.

Marcos registered a 62 percent approval rating, slightly higher than the 60 percent he received in the first quarter.

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte continue to enjoy the trust of Filipinos. Contributed Photo

PRESIDENT Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte continue to enjoy the trust of Filipinos. Contributed Photo

The President’s approval rating in North Central Luzon slightly dipped from 68 percent to 60 percent, while his approval rating in the Visayas jumped from 60 percent to 71 percent.

Duterte also maintained her 67 percent approval rating in the previous quarter but suffered a 70 percent to 61 percent approval rating dip in North Central Luzon.

Marcos and Duterte’s approval ratings remained stable across every segment of society except among non-Catholics, where Marcos registered a 69 percent to 60 percent drop and Duterte a 73 percent to 66 percent decrease.

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The two officials posted a dip in trust ratings in North Central Luzon, with Marcos getting 54 percent and Duterte 61 percent.

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri’s approval ratings posted a 1-point increase — 48 percent from 47 percent in the previous quarter.

Participants 18 to 24 years old gave lower trust ratings for Marcos and Duterte, with the President’s trust rating reverting to 2022 levels at 45 percent, while the vice president’s hitting its lowest in four quarters at 47 percent.

Overseas Filipino workers and their families gave Marcos lower trust ratings of 54 percent compared to 60 percent in the previous survey.

Duterte’s trust scores among non-Catholics decreased significantly to 59 percent.

House Speaker Martin Romualdez maintained his 42 percent approval rating from the previous quarter but registered a 4-percent increase in disapproval rating — 15 percent to 19 percent.

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo’s approval rating remained stable at 38 percent.

Among government agencies, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority received the highest approval rating anew, followed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology, which were tied in second to third place.

They were followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Tourism, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Department of Education.

Trust ratings among government agencies remained flat, except for the Department of Health, which received a 12-percent increase compared to the previous quarter.

Six out of 10 Filipinos also approved the performance of Marcos’ Cabinet, with a 64 percent performance approval rating.

Duterte as Education secretary got the highest approval rating, followed by Marcos as Agriculture secretary, Secretary Rexlon Gatchalian of DSWD, Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Finance, Maria Rosario Vergeire of the Department of Health, Susan Ople of the Department of Migrant Workers, Maria Christina Garcia Frasco of the Department of Tourism, Benjamin Abalos Jr. of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Renato Solidum of the Department of Science and Technology, and Carlito Galvez Jr. of the Department of National Defense.

The survey of 1,500 Filipino voters from across the country was conducted online from June 8 to 12, 2023, with a margin of error of 3 percent nationwide, 7 percent in the National Capital Region, 5 percent in both North Central and South Luzon, and 6 percent in the Visayas and Mindanao.

The respondents were drawn from the market research panel of 200,000 Filipinos maintained by PureSpectrum, a US-based panel marketplace with a multinational presence.

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