June 27, 2017, 10:12 pm
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Duterte sustains public popularity

JUST before President Rodrigo Roa Duterte left for official visits to three Middle Eastern countries yesterday, a new survey showed that while he continued to sustain his popularity among most Filipinos, his public trust rating dropped since his election to the presidency last year.

The President’s national trust rating has dipped to 76% from 83% in December 2016, a 7-percentage point drop, according to the latest survey conducted by Pulse Asia Research, Inc. The March poll involved the participation of 1,800 adults nationwide and has a 95% confidence level.

Though Duterte’s trust and performance ratings never go lower than 73% across regions of the country, the survey noted, there were notable decreases in his ratings in Luzon, while Mindanao continues to be the region that trusts and approves Duterte’s performance the most, In the March poll, 88% of Mindanao respondents say they trust him while 90% appreciate his performance.

Duterte to seems to enjoy more approval and trust from middle class to upper class Filipinos, but he appears to be losing trust among the poorest class the the survey noted, though Pulse Asia clarified that the changes in these groupings are marginal.

Duterte’s March performance approval rating among Class ABC is at 86%, 17% percentage points higher than his rating of 69% in December, The same goes for his trust rating among the economic class. His March trust rating of 84% is an improvement by 12 percentage points from his December rating of 72%. 

The drop in Duterte’s performance and trust ratings is not unusual, in the view of political observers. Past presidents suffered the same fate near the end of the one-year “honeymoon period.”

They noted that the drop was insignificant. It’s not unusual for the trust and performance ratings of any head of state in this country to slide in the course of time. 

As one of them put it, the “honeymoon” period will last sooner or later, but it will come. Another one said the survey did not reflect a significant drop in the President’s approval ratings, considering that the he has been subjected to unprecedented amount of international criticism and negative publicity. And still another one pointed out that despite all of the attacks against him a super-majority of the Filipino people remains confident in President Duterte’s ability to lead our country and believe in his vision for a better Philippines.

Incidentally, the President left yesterday for official visits to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar in the Middle East to promote the country’s economic and political cooperation between them, 

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Another survey, this time conducted by the SWA, has shown a record-high happiness among Filipinos.

The survey showed 46 percent of Filipinos considered themselves “very happy” with their life while 45% were “fairly happy. Seven percent of the 1,500 respondents were “not very happy” while the remaining two percent were “not happy at all.” 

Incidentally, out of the 44 surveyed countries, the Philippines and Britain ranked 10-11th in terms of “general happiness.” Portugal took top spot with 95%, followed by Iceland, Argentina, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Australia and The Netherlands.

The Philippines had the most proportion of people who rated themselves as “completely happy”, with 31percent; 25% said they were “very happy”, while 31% said they were “fairly happy.”

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Quote of the Day: “Many people enjoy nothing of their happiness, but the fear of losing it.” – Anon.
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