PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte is still the highest rated and most trusted among top government officials, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Friday.
In the poll, conducted from December 14 to 21, Duterte got an 81-percent approval rating, up by six percentage points from his 75 percent mark in September 2018.
The President’s trust rating in the last quarter of 2018 was at 76 percent, 4 percentage points higher than his 72-percent score in the third quarter of the same year.
Only 7 percent of Filipinos disapproved of Duterte’s performance while 6 percent had little or no trust in him.
Duterte, the country’s first Mindanaoan president, obtained his highest approval score in his bailiwick Mindanao at 96 percent, followed by Visayas (86 percent), Luzon (74 percent) and Manila (69 percent).
He also obtained majority approval ratings in Class ABC (87 percent), Class E (86 percent), and Class D (78 percent).
Duterte likewise secured the highest trust rating in Mindanao, which was recorded at 91 percent. It was followed by Visayas (82 percent), Luzon (69 percent), and Manila (67 percent).
Sotto up, Arroyo down
Apart from Duterte, Pulse Asia said Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd managed to enjoy majority approval and trust scores.
Robredo posted a 62-percent approval rating and 56-percent trust rating, while Sotto enjoyed approval and trust scores of 74 percent and 66 percent, respectively.
“Senate President Sotto enjoys an increase in his trust score in the rest of Luzon but Vice-President Robredo’s own rating declines in the Visayas,” Pulse Asia said.
The Robredo camp on Friday expressed gratitude for her high rating.
“We thank all our fellow Filipinos for their continuous trust and support for VP (Vice President) Leni,” said Barry Gutierrez, Robredo’s spokesman, in Filipino.
House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo received a low performance approval score of 27 percent, while trust in the former president-turned-lawmaker climbed 2 percentage points to 21 percent.
Arroyo brushed aside the survey results. “Those trust ratings are not new to me. Remember I was pilloried very much when I was president,” Arroyo told reporters on Friday in Pampanga.
Despite Arroyo’s low scores, performance approval and trust for the House of Representatives was high at 66 percent and 64 percent, respectively.
The Senate, which failed to pass the 2019 budget before it adjourned for the Christmas holidays, scored a 69-percent performance approval and a 65-percent trust rating.
The Supreme Court, which had several a leadership changes in 2018, obtained a 64-percent approval rating and a 62-percent trust score.
WITH GLEE JALEA AND REINA C. TOLENTINO