DESPITE a seven to 11 point drop in his approval and trust ratings, President Duterte remains the most approved and trusted government official in the country, the September 16 to 22 Ulat sa Bayan survey of Pulse Asia showed.
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, concurrent presidential spokesman, said despite the approval rating of the President falling by 7 points to 78 percent (from 85 percent in June 2019) and the trust rating dropping by 11 points to 74 percent (from 85 percent), the survey ratings of Duterte remain high for a government official.
The survey results also showed that 8 percent disapproved the performance of the President in September (up by 5 points from 3 in June) and 14 percent were undecided if they approve or not (up by 3 points from 11 percent), while 9 percent distrust Duterte (up by 5 points from 4 percent in June) and 18 percent were undecided if they trust him or not (up by 7 points from 11 percent).
Panelo added that events happening during the conduct of the survey or leading to the polls could have affected the results.
“The rating is still high. It’s more than 70 percent. Surveys fluctuate depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey results. The fact remains that 78 percent plus (approval rating) remains still high,” he said.
The survey, which involved 1,200 adult respondents nationwide with a margin of error of ±2.8 percent, was held on the heels of the sacking of former Bureau of Corrections head Nicanor Faeldon due to the good conduct time allowance controversy; the outbreak of polio and increase in the number of dengue cases in the country; the passage of the 2020 budget in the House of Representatives; and the death by alleged hazing of a Philippine Military Academy cadet.
Pulse said the President enjoyed majority approval ratings across geographic location and socio-economic standing, with the highest approval score obtained from Mindanao with 92 percent followed by those from Visayas (84 percent), Metro Manila (80 percent) and Luzon (69 percent).
He was also most approved among those from class E with 84 percent followed by those from Class D (78 percent) and Class ABC (75 percent).
The results also showed that Duterte obtained the highest trust score among those form the Mindanao with 91 percent followed by those from Visayas (81 percent), Metro Manila (76 percent) and Luzon (62 percent); as well as from Class E with 80 percent, followed by those from Class D (73 percent) and Class ABC (71 percent).
Pulse also found that Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo obtained a 50 percent approval rating (down by 5 points from 55 percent in June) and a 46 percent trust rating (down by 6 points from 52 percent) in September.
Robredo also got 22 percent disapproval rating (down from 24 percent in June) and 25 percent distrust rating (down from 26 percent).
“We take the latest survey results as a challenge to redouble our efforts both in continuing to serve the public and keeping the Filipino people better informed of the work VP Leni is doing. We are likewise grateful that the VP continues to enjoy significant support from our fellow Filipinos. This support will further strengthen her commitment to stay true to her Constitutional mandate, uphold our nation’s interests, and work to uplift the lives of our people, especially the poor and marginalized,” OVP spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.
The Vice President was most approved and trusted in the Visayas with 68 percent and 60 percent, respectively, and among Class E with 66 percent and 63 percent, respectively.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III obtained a 72 percent approval rating in September (down from 77 percent in June) and 66 percent trust rating (down from 73 percent).
Sotto also got a 7 percent disapproval rating (unchanged from June) and a 7 percent distrust rating (also unchanged).
The Senate President was most approved in the Visayas with 77 percent and among Class ABC with 78 percent; and most trusted in Metro Manila and Mindanao with 72 percent each and among Class E with 71 percent.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano got a 64 percent approval rating, with the highest from Mindanao (75 percent) and among Class E (71 percent); and a 62 percent trust rating with the most trust from Mindanao (76 percent), and among Class E (67 percent).
Cayetano also got a 6 percent disapproval rating and a 9 percent distrust rating.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin got a 42 percent approval rating (up from 41 percent in June) and 34 percent trust rating (down from 35 percent), while he obtained a 15 percent disapproval score (down from 16 percent) and 14 percent distrust score (down from 15 percent).
The Chief Justice was most approved in the Visayas with 54 percent and among Class E with 48 percent, while he was most trusted by those from Mindanao (44 percent) and among those from Class E (39 percent).
Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate, a leader of the Makabayan bloc at the House, said the 11 percent drop in the President’s trust rating can be attributed to the high prices of commodities and the administration’s pro-China policy.
Zarate said that this was the same pattern last year when the President’s net satisfaction rating went down to +45, which the Social Weather Stations (SWS) still classified as “good” but suffered an 11 percent drop in the March survey.
“Now, if the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Ac) law is not repealed and it is continuously implemented, high prices prevail, extra-judicial killings continue, contractualization is unabated, the subservience to US and China persists and the peace talks is not resumed based on the previous agreements then we would not be surprised if it will plunge further faster,” he said.
Kabataan party-list Rep. Sara Elago said the President had a “pitiful” passing rating now but it will surely plunge in the next few months because of the transportation crisis, especially now that the operation of the LRT 2 has been suspended after a fire damaged a section of the railway between the Anonas and Katipunan stations in Quezon City.
“Pasang awa si Pangulong Duterte para sa masang Pilipino dahil sa patuloy na pagpapahirap nito sa mamamayan (The President had a pitiful passing rate because the people continue to suffer), she said.
“Pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas, langis at ng mga bilihin dahil sa bagsak na programang pang ekonomiko nito (The prices of rice, fuel products and other commodities remain high because the administration’s economic programs failed),” Elago added. – With Wendell Vigilia