President Rodrigo Duterte started his six-year term with a record 91 percent trust rating, the highest score given to a public official since Pulse Asia started its operations in 1999.
Duterte’s rating is higher than the 85 percent trust rating of former President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s when he started his term in July 2010.
The Pulse Asia survey released on Wednesday showed that 91 percent of the 1,200 Filipinos polled from July 2 to 8 trust Duterte while eight percent are undecided.
“President Rodrigo Duterte begins his stint as the country’s 16th president with an overwhelming majority of his constituents expressing trust in him (91 percent) and practically no one distrusting him (0.2 percent). The rest of Filipinos (8 percent) cannot say if they trust or distrust President Duterte,” Pulse Asia said in a statement.
Among geographical areas, the President got the highest trust rating in Mindanao at 97 percent, followed by the National Capital Region at 92 percent. He got an 89 percent trust rating in Luzon and Visayas.
Across socioeconomic classes, trust for Duterte is highest among Classes D and E at 92 percent, followed by Class ABC at 89 percent.
A similar survey conducted by Social Weather Stations showed Duterte getting an “excellent” net trust rating of +79.
Informed of the survey results, Malacañang on Wednesday thanked the Filipino people for their “overwhelming support” for the President.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte’s record-high trust rating of 91 percent is “a humbling reminder that the genuine and meaningful change that our people aspire for is now being felt.”
“A position of leadership is often a lonely one. However, a servant leader, as they say, has to take people where they don’t want to go, but ought to be,” Andanar said in a statement.
“This expression of confidence, therefore, shall serve as an inspiration to the Duterte administration to continuously make a real difference to make our people’s lives better, safer, and healthier,” he added.
‘Sizeable majority’ trust VP
Meanwhile, Pulse Asia said Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo getting a 62 percent trust rating.
The survey showed that 11 percent of those polled had little or no trust in Robredo while 27 percent were undecided.
“Most Filipinos – regardless of geographic location and socioeconomic status – say they trust Vice President Robredo,” Pulse Asia said.
Robredo got the highest trust rating in the Visayas (72 percent), followed by the National Capital Region (65 percent), Mindanao (61 percent), and Luzon (58 percent).
Among socioeconomic classes, the Vice President posted the highest rating from Class D (64 percent), followed by those from Class E (61 percent) and Class ABC (53 percent).
The pollster said Duterte and Robredo got a 100 percent awareness rating in the latest survey.
On the other hand, the same poll showed that the public’s sentiment toward the Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is dominated by indecision, with 42 percent of those surveyed saying they don’t know if they trust her or not.
But there are more Filipinos who trust Sereno than distrust her (35 percent versus 19 percent).
“Big plurality indecision figures are posted by the Supreme Court Chief Justice in the Visayas (43 percent) and Class E (46 percent),” Pulse Asia said.
Sereno received practically the same trust and indecision ratings in Metro Manila (40 percent versus 37 percent), the rest of Luzon (36 percent versus 46 percent), Mindanao (38 percent versus 36 percent), Class ABC (37 versus 50 percent), and Class D (38 percent versus 39 percent).
The survey was held after the oath taking of the President and Vice President.