President Rodrigo Duterte’s net trust rating experienced an 8-point drop in the second quarter of 2018, but still remained “very good,” an independent pollster has revealed.
The Social Weather Stations’ latest survey, released Friday, said Duterte received a +57 net trust rating in June 2018, falling by eight points from the +65 rating in March 2018.
“In the eight SWS surveys following his inauguration as President, from September 2016 to June 2018, Duterte’s net trust rating was excellent in five and very good in three,” the SWS said.
The survey also found that 70 percent of adult Filipinos have “much trust” on Duterte, 13 percent have “little trust,” while 18 percent said they are “undecided.”
According to SWS, the President’s 8-point decline in overall net trust rating from March to June 2018 was due to declines in the Visayas and Metro Manila, combined with steady scores in Mindanao and Balance Luzon.
Net trust in Duterte fell by two grades from “excellent” to “good” in the Visayas, down by 21 points from +70 in March 2018 to +49 in June 2018.
In Metro Manila, it fell by one grade from “very good” to “good” in Metro Manila, down by 20 points in March to +42 in June.
However, Duterte’s trust rating stayed “excellent” in Mindanao, hardly moving from +89 in March to +88 in June.
It also stayed “”very good” in Balance Luzon, although down by three points from +53 in March to +50 in June ne.
The Palace said Friday it welcomes the results of the said survey, expressing gratitude to the people for putting confidence on Duterte during a “challenging time.”
“The Palace views the latest survey results with humility; however, we have to take note that regardless of ratings, the President remains focused on his job of governing the nation,” said Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in a statement.
“Much remains to be done, especially in assisting the poor, vulnerable and severely hungry families. We are now working double time to aid families affected by high prices while keeping the economy stable,” he added.
The survey was conducted from June 27 to 30, 2018, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults aged 18 and older nationwide. The SWS asked 300 individuals each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The survey had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
On Friday, Roque said there was no reason to panic despite the inflation hitting a nine-year high of 6.4 percent in August 2018.
“This 6.4 is not unprecedented in our history. We have inflation rates of 7 percent. During GMA’s [Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo] time it was double digit and in GMA time it was only what? Eight years ago? So it’s not a reason to be—to have any sort of panic,” he said.
Roque assured that anti-inflationary measures are now in place to counter its impact, including such social grants as the Conditional Cash Transfer, Unconditional Cash Transfer, and additional rice imports.
“We are addressing (it). But the results of the anti-inflationary measures that government is doing cannot be achieved overnight,” he said. With PNAREAD: Duterte’s trust rating surgesREAD: Pinoys satisfied—SWS
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