Duterte, Robredo earn approval of more Filipinos in June – Pulse Asia

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(File photo) Vice President Leni Robredo (L) and President Rodrigo Duterte (R) together in a ceremony with the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo earned more approval from Filipinos in June, a private pollster said.

Pulse Asia released on Friday the results of its second quarter nationwide survey on the performance and trust ratings of top government officials.

The most recent comparative survey was done in March. The first published story compared data from the December 2017 survey.

Respondents were asked if they have big, small, or no trust in the following officials: President, Vice President, Senate President, House Speaker, and Chief Justice.

Duterte's trust rating rose to 87 percent from 78 percent in March. His approval rating is up from 80 to 88 percent.

On the other hand, in a Social Weather Stations Survey also conducted in June, the President received his lowest personal satisfaction rating. In that survey, respondents were asked if they were satisfied or dissatisfied with his performance.

Political analyst Dindo Manhit said poll results show the public's view of the elected officials based on current events.

"Surveys should be seen as a snapshot of public satisfaction or public approval. So kung ano ang nararamdaman ng public at that time," he said.

Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Tabunda said the "crucial difference" between their survey and that of the SWS is the specific period when it was conducted. The Pulse Asia survey was conducted on June 15-21 among 1,800 registered voters nationwide, with a ±2 percent margin of error. The SWS survey was conducted from June 27-30 among 1,200 adults nationwide, with a ±3 percent margin of error.

Tabunda noted Duterte's controversial "stupid God" remarks was said on June 22 - after Pulse Asia concluded its survey and before SWS asked its respondents.

"Ang crucial difference ng resulta namin ay ang Pulse Asia ay nag-conduct ng survey before the blasphemy was uttered… Magkahiwalay ang fieldwork dates namin, may naganap na napaka-importante sa gitna noon. Maaaring nahuli namin ang pinaka-mataas na ratings para sa presidente at nahuli nila ang mababa," she told CNN Philippines on Friday.

Tabunda also said Duterte's approval ratings possibly increased by 8 percentage points when he kissed an OFW on the lips on June 3 during his official visit to South Korea.

"Sa tingin ko, maaaring nagkaroon ng — this will sound mababaw — kilig effect 'yung pag-kiss sa OFW kaya tumaas.

She also pointed out the rising prices of basic commodities and the criticisms against the TRAIN Law did not affect his approval ratings. Manhit supported this, saying the negative perception on the TRAIN Law is possibly being tied to the Legislative branch, and not the Duterte administration.

Tabunda noted the overwhelming approval rating Duterte received in Mindanao.

"Sobrang taas ng Mindanao, dahil sa dami ng binubuhos na proyekto. 99 percent approval, 10-point increase," she said.

The Palace welcomed the positive approval and trust ratings of Duterte.

"The Palace expresses its gratitude for our people's continuing vote of confidence for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ... The President views these latest survey results with all humility; however, he is not leading the country for the sake of high or good ratings.  The Chief Executive is simply fulfilling his campaign promises with the best interest of Filipinos in mind," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo's approval rating increased from 55 percent to 62 percent in June. Her trust ratings rose 3 percentage points from 53 percent in the March survey.

The trust ratings of former Senate President Koko Pimentel and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez went up in the latest survey. Pimentel received an 11-point hike in his approval and trust ratings, while Alvarez's trust rating is now at 45 percent from 36 percent in March.

Ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno suffered a trust rating drop. She went from 22 percent in March to 19 percent in June. The survey period was less than a month after her peers removed her from office.