PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is still the highest rated and most trusted government official in the country, the latest survey by Pulse Asia has found.
The poll, conducted from September 25 to October 1, showed that Duterte’s 86-percent trust and approval rating was higher compared with those of other top government officials.
This was despite a decline from the record trust rating of 91 percent he obtained in July 2016. Only three percent said they did not trust the President, while the rest were undecided.
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s trust rating surged from the previous survey’s 62 percent to 65 percent this October. She recorded a 66 percent approval rating.
The trust ratings of three other high-ranking government officials also improved from July.
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd posted a 61 percent approval rating and 55 percent trust score while House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez received a 43 percent approval and 41 percent trust rating.
Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno secured a 46 percent approval rating and 44 percent trust score.
The Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court enjoy “small majority approval ratings” of 51 percent to 58 percent, Pulse Asia said.
“These entities also register essentially the same overall indecision figures (34 percent to 39 percent) and disapproval scores (8 percent to 10 percent),” the pollster added.
Pulse Asia noted that among the key events that dominated the headlines in the days leading up to the poll and during its interviews of respondents were Duterte’s apology to the Jews after he drew a parallel between the Holocaust and his anti-drug war, and his appeal for a six-month extension to the campaign against illegal drugs.
The nationwide survey had a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It had a ± 3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
Robredo welcomed the survey result.
“I’m very thankful for the continued confidence of our fellow Filipinos. This is motivation to keep doing what we’re doing, and also to find ways to do our work better,” said the vice president, who went to Cagayan and Isabela to visit typhoon victims on Friday.