Survey: Filipinos trust U.S. most; Russia and China least

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3) — America remains one of the countries most trusted by Filipinos, while more than half of Filipinos distrust Russia and China, a private pollster reported Tuesday.

According to Pulse Asia's Ulat ng Bayan report, 79 percent of the 1,200 survey Filipino respondents trust the United States, which ranked the highest among the six countries included in the survey.

Next to the U.S., the respondents trust Japan (75 percent), Australia (69 percent), and Great Britain or the United Kingdom (53 percent).

Filipinos, meanwhile, are more wary of of Russia and China, with more than half of respondents saying they distrust the two countries.

Pulse Asia reported trust ratings for Russia and China among Filipinos only logged 48 and 37 percent, respectively-- the lowest of the six countries in the poll.

President Rodrigo Duterte has always been vocal in his intentions of getting on the good side of the two countries.

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Meanwhile, 82 percent of the respondents said they trust the United Nations. This, despite the President repeatedly slamming the international organization.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, whose leaders recently visited the Philippines for the first leg of the biannual summit, got a trust rating of 81 percent.

The survey was conducted from March 15 to 20, 2017. It is based on a sample of 1,200 adults and has a ± 3 percent error margin.