PULSE ASIA SURVEY | Duterte’s approval, trust ratings up in Q4

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JANUARY 11, 2019 – President Rodrigo Duterte enjoyed higher approval and trust ratings in December, latest Pulse Asia report showed.

The survey found that 81 percent of Filipinos approved Duterte’s performance. It was up by six percentage points from last September’s 75 percent.

Similarly, his trust rating recorded an increase at 76 percent from 72 percent in third quarter.

Only seven percent of Filipinos disapproved Duterte’s performance while the remaining six percent have little to no trust in him.

According to the survey, the President gained higher ratings across all regions except Metro Manila, where his rating declined by three percentage points at 69 percent from 72 percent in September.

His approval rating climbed by eight points for the rest of Luzon, registering the biggest increase among the regions. This was followed by a six-point increase in Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s approval rating among class ABC skyrocketed by 15 points at 87 percent from last September’s 72 percent.

Looking at trust, the chief executive recorded higher ratings across all regions and socio-economic classes.

The survey period covered several issues faced by the Duterte administration, including the martial law extensions in Mindanao and the conviction of the cops who murdered Kian Delos Santos.

It also considered the president’s controversial remarks such as his tirades against communist rebels and his joke about using marijuana to stay awake.


Similarly, the survey showed that majority of Filipinos expressed appreciation for the performance of Vice President Leni Robredo, who earned slight increase in approval rating from 61 percent in September to 62 percent in December.

From 73 percent in Pulse Asia’s third quarter survey, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, meanwhile, scored 74 percent in the December report.

In contrast, the survey found that 43 percent of Filipinos were critical of the work done by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Both Robredo and Sotto’s trust ratings, however, remained at 56 percent and 66 percent, respectively.

As for Arroyo, public distrust toward her performance reigned at 45 percent.

The survey was conducted from December 14 to 21 and has a sampling error margin of ±2.3 for national percentages.