More Filipinos had “much trust” in President-elect Rodrigo Duterte, giving him a net trust of +26, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) pre-election survey.
The poll, conducted from May 1 to 3 and first published by SWS’ media partner BusinessWorld on Friday, showed that 54 percent of respondents said they had “much trust” in Duterte while 28 percent said they had “little trust.”
The SWS said the poll result was higher than December’s 47 percent saying they had “much trust” in Duterte and 28 percent saying they had “little trust.”
The face-to-face interviews with 4,500 validated voters nationwide had a ±1-point sampling error margin.
The SWS said the respondents who had much trust in Duterte peaked at 56 percent from April 18 to 20, while those had little trust in him peaked at 32 percent from January 8 to 10.
Duterte’s net trust also peaked at +30 percent on April 18 to 20 from a low of +13 from January 8 to 10.
The President-elect enjoyed a trust rating of +67 in Mindanao, +21 in Metro Manila, +17 in Visayas and +9 in Balance Luzon.
Duterte also enjoyed a trust rating of +35 in classes ABC and E, and +23 in class D.
By gender, he had a trust rating of +29 with the male respondents and +22 with the female respondents.
The SWS categorized net trust rating of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69, “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”; as well as -70 and below as “execrable.”
Meanwhile, Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo enjoyed a better net trust rating of a “good” +45, including 61 percent with “much trust” in her from 50 percent in December 2015, and 17 percent “little trust” from a low of 18 percent from April 18 to 20.
Robredo’s net trust started at +29 net in December 2015 and rose to +44 from April 18 to 20 and +45 in the May 1 to 3 survey.
The Vice President-elect enjoyed a trust rating of +52 in Visayas, +46 in Balance Luzon, +41 in Mindanao and +34 in Metro Manila.
Robredo enjoyed a trust rating of +46 in class E, +45 in class ABC and +44 in class D.
By gender, she had a trust rating of +41 among the males and +48 among the females.
Duterte won the presidency by a landslide with 16,601,997 votes, or 39 percent of ballots cast for the position, while Robredo, who garnered 14,418,817 votes or 35.1 percent, only held a hairline lead of 263,473 votes over outgoing Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Duterte’s three other rivals, Manuel Roxas 2nd, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe, conceded the May 9 elections shortly after the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) count showed him leading the polls.
Only Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has not conceded.
A sixth candidate, former ambassador Roy Seneres, died before the election campaign period began.
Marcos and his lawyers had questioned the PPCRV results of the vice presidential race, expressing suspicion that a script or computer command introduced into the Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server could have manipulated the count.
The Comelec dismissed such claim, saying the script merely made a “cosmetic” change in the names of some candidates but did not alter the results.