Pulse Asia: Most Filipinos still happy with Duterte, Robredo, Pimentel

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(L-R) Duterte, Robredo and Pimentel

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) — Filipinos approve of the performance of the top three officials in the country, with President Rodrigo Duterte receiving the highest approval rating, Pulse Asia's latest "Ulat ng Bayan" survey released on Monday shows.

President Duterte's performance in June 2017 stood at 82 percent, rising by four percentage points since its last survey in March 2017.

Vice President Leni Robredo's approval rating rose by 3 percentage points to 61 percent, and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel's by seven percentage points to 62 percent, it added.

The survey was conducted from June 24 to 29. This was more than a month after Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao, with majority of Senate and the House of Representatives supporting the move, as well as amid questions over the President's health.

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Duterte and Pimentel received consistently high approval ratings in the National Capital Region and the three major island groups, and across all social classes, the survey said.

Robredo's majority approval ratings were in most geographic areas and socio-economic groupings, "with Metro Manila and Class ABC being the exceptions," it added.

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Of the top national officials — including House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno — Duterte, Robredo, and Alvarez are the ones most trusted by Filipinos. Their trust percentages are 81, 60, and 58 percent respectively.

In comparison, Alvarez's trust rating is 41 percent, and Sereno 43 percent.

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Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the Duterte's high approval rating is a reflection of how people understand the President.

"They get him," Abella said.

A statement from the Office of the Vice President said Robredo is "grateful and humbled" by the high trust ratings shown in the survey.

The statement said the ratings were an "affirmation" of the Vice President's work and that her office will "further strengthens our resolve to keep working hard to reach out to our fellow Filipinos."

Senate President Pimentel said he was happy with the result of the survey.

In a text message, Pimentel said he was "glad" about the 62 percent approval rating, but the credit must go to the entire Senate because they have been "able to accomplish some things, appreciated by the public, as a collegial body."

Duterte's high satisfaction ratings are mirrored in a survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) earlier this month.

According to the SWS report, Duterte received a net satisfaction rating of +66  for the second quarter of 2017, up by three points from his +63 score in the previous quarter, the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

This net rating, considered "very good" on the SWS scale, is the highest the President has received since October 2016, when SWS first surveyed public satisfaction with his performance after he assumed the presidency on June 30, 2016.

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Pulse Asia conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents aged 18 and above.

Read the full report here.