83% of Pinoys trust Duterte – SWS survey


MORE Filipinos still trust President Rodrigo Duterte after three months in office despite local and international criticism of his war on drugs, according to a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The SWS poll, conducted from September 24 to 27 and published by BusinessWorld on Tuesday, found that 83 percent of respondents had “much trust” in Duterte, while nine percent were “undecided” and eight percent had “little trust.”

This was equivalent to an “excellent” +76 net trust rating.

Duterte’s latest trust score was three percentage points less than his “excellent” +79 in June, but three grades higher than the moderate +26 he received before the May elections.

The SWS said net trust is the difference between the percentage of respondents who said they had “much trust” in Duterte and those who said they had “little trust.”

Net trust ratings of +50 to +69 are classified as “very “good””; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”

According to SWS, Duterte’s net trust rating was higher than former President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s +67 (77 percent much trust, 10 percent little trust) during the same period. But Aquino rated higher than the incumbent at the start of his term with a net trust of +83 (88 percent much trust, 4 percent little trust).

The survey, conducted among 1,200 respondents, had error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, and ±6% for subnational percentages or those that pertain to Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

SWS earlier said 84 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the President’s drug war, but 71 percent said the suspects should be kept alive.

The President spent much of his first 100 days in office telling off the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and human rights advocates for raising concerns over the thousands of deaths linked to his anti-illegal drug drive.

Duterte’s war on drugs has been linked to the deaths of more than 3,300 people with alleged ties to the illegal drug trade.

‘Faith and confidence’
Sought for comment, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte’s “excellent” trust rating “affirms the Filipino people’s faith and confidence in his leadership.”

“This validates the people’s full support for his reform agenda of ‘tunay na pagbabago’ or real change that swept him to the presidency in the May elections,” Andanar said in a statement.

The President also maintained “excellent” net trust ratings in most geographical areas, except Luzon.

Duterte’s score rose 2 points to +92 in Mindanao, slid 2 points to +76 in Metro Manila and slid by a point to +73 in the Visayas. His score dropped by six points in “Balance Luzon,” where he got a “very good” +69.

Duterte’s net trusting rating also remained “excellent” in both rural and urban areas and in most socioeconomic classes.

The President maintained an “excellent” rating among class D respondents, at +79, and a +72 in class ABC.
His net trust rating, however, dropped by 12 points in class E to a “very good” +67.

Duterte’s rating also stayed “excellent” for both genders, although it was down five points to +77 among men and decreased by one point to +74 among women.

Among age groups, Duterte got the highest trust score of +83 among those aged 25-34 years old.

His score plunged six points to +82 from +88 among the youth aged 18-24 years old; and went down two points to +76 among 35- to 44-year-olds.

The President’s rating edged up three points to +73 from +70 among those aged at least 55 years old.

Across educational attainment, Duterte’s net rating stayed “excellent” among college graduates (+87) and high-school graduates (+82), but fell to “very good” among elementary graduates and those who did not graduate from the grade school (both +66).


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  1. Yonkers, New York
    12 October 2016

    So, 83% of Pinoys “trust Duterte” in a recent national poll? Are those polled saying in effect that they have no problem with Little Tyrant Rodrigo Duterte now engaging in the warrantless genocidal extrajudicial murder of his own countrymen, a brutal and lawless drive which, so far, has netted a total of close to 4,000 hapless victims?

    And even when, “straight from the horse’s mouth”-Duterte’s foul mouth, that is,–his goal is to mass-murder 3 million of his own countrymen, and boastfully comparing himself to Hitler who murdered 6 million Jews?

    For a little bit of History: The German people were obviously unanimous in their approval of Hitler’s mass-murder of those 6 million Jews–and not just around 83%. The Chinese may likewise have been unanimous in their acquiescence to or approval of Mao Zedong’s mass-murder of millions of Chinese. And Stalin may also have had at least 95% approval of the Russian populace when during his reign he murdered countless millions of them! And what about Idi Amin? Or Pol Pot?

    Either Duterte’s 83% are that ignorant of Duterte’s maniacal and psychotic mass-murder of people like themselves, or they approve of what he is now doing. Wait till Duterte somehow goes after them, their loved ones, or their friends–by himself, or by his “Berdugo” General “Bato” dela Rosa, or by his “death squads,” or by “vigilantes.”


  2. Peso is sliding downwards very fast, stocks 7400 PSEI , dollar reserves going down. Is this a sign of success or economic downturn ? The slide was noticed for the pass 7 trading days but dollar capital outflow was noticed for over a month. Per Central Bank , the outflow amounted to almost 3 billion dollars in 5 weeks. Are we in for a recession ?

  3. Same survey companies that have been useless for years, the outcome is bought with money and these companies don’t even say who paid for the survey.

  4. Statistics like robust stock market , strong GDP growth , stable peso does not mean anything to the hungry Filipino, it only means the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This glowing statistics have never trickled down to the majority who are poor and hungry. After 100 days of the DU30 administration the poor and hungry Filipinos have given him an 83% trust rating not because of glowing economic statistics but on account of the fight against the drug menace, criminality and corruption. For the first time they can walk the streets in the dark of night and dawn without fearing that they would be robbed, killed or raped ….. for the first time the PNP is being swept clean from scalawag generals and down the ranks…… who among past presidents ever kicked out scalawag generals? Nada ….. to this DU30 gets a 100% trust rating

  5. This survey gives Duterte a passing grade on drugs wars only, But the rest of the country’s problems, like economy, job creation, foreign relations, he got a failing grades..