Duterte maintains high approval, trust scores – Pulse Asia

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Updated with Malacañang statement

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 13) — A latest survey showed President Rodrigo Duterte maintained his approval and trust ratings.

In the non-commissioned Pulse Asia survey conducted Sept. 24-30, eight in 10 Filipinos or 80 percent of the respondents said they approve of the Duterte presidency. Only seven percent said otherwise, while 13 percent were undecided.

Also, 80 percent expressed "big trust" for Duterte, only 6 percent said they have small trust or no trust at all, while 14 percent were undecided.

Pulse Asia interviewed 1,200 Filipinos for the survey; results were released on Friday. The last survey was conducted in June.

The decline in Duterte's approval and trust ratings were insignificant as the survey has a ± 3 percent margin of error.

Duterte enjoyed the overwhelming trust of 93 percent of his fellow Mindanaoans, 86 percent from residents of Luzon, 76 percent in Metro Manila, and 72 percent in the rest of Luzon.

These were the same results for public satisfaction with Duterte's performance except that it was at 92 percent in Mindanao.

Across economic classes, the poorest class E expressed highest trust and approval ratings at 85 and 86 percent, respectively.

Eighty percent of those in class D said they trusted Duterte, while 79 percent said they approved his presidency. Only 74 percent in class ABC expressed trust, while 75 percent shared their approval of Duterte.

Despite 'demolition job'

The survey showed the public is not easily swayed by "political noise" amid a demolition job against the President, Malacañang said.

"Despite the multifaceted political noise, President Duterte is still the most approved and the most trusted government official in the Philippines today," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a Malacañang press briefing.

He said he'd rather not speculate on who may be behind efforts to discredit the President, but said "there seems to be some form of orchestrated information disinformation that is in operation."

Duterte got the highest ratings over other top government offcials.

Vice President Leni Robredo was at a distant second with a 57 percent approval rating and 55 percent trust rating.

She is followed by Senate President Koko Pimentel, with 55 percent approval, 52 percent trust ratings.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno lagged far behind with 33 percent and 35 percent approval ratings, respectively. They both garnered a 31 percent trust rating.

Amid drug war issues

Pulse Asia said Duterte retained "big majority approval and trust ratings" despite various issues faced by his administration. It listed on top of which controversies surrounding his war on drugs.

Headlines in the days leading up to the September survey included the ₱6.4-billion shabu shipment which entered the country unhampered through the Customs Bureau.

Although the smuggling happened in May, Senate and House probes opened a can of worms, including deep-seated corruption at the bureau which allegedly involved presidential son, Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio, husband of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

The two First Family members denied the accusations.

Also read: Drugs and 'tara': What we know about Customs mess

'Love still there'

The Pulse Asia survey was released days after a similar poll conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Duterte earlier suffered an 18-point drop in his net satisfaction ratings in a Sept. 23-27 SWS survey.

SWS said it was the first time Duterte had a double-digit decline in ratings since he took office.

But Leo Laroza, SWS director for communications and information technology, said "it's a normal phenomenon for all past presidents to have a fluctuating net satisfaction rating and even trust rating."

Despite the lower score, Malacañang said the "honeymoon phase" is not yet over and "the love is still there".

Read more: SWS: Drop in Duterte's satisfaction, trust rating normal

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.