Duterte still most trusted PH official despite dip in trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Robie de Guzman   •   October 7, 2019   •   871

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte raises his fist while delivering his speech upon his arrival at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 6, 2019 following his successful official visit to the Russian Federation. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is still the most trusted official in the Philippine government despite a dip in his approval and trust ratings in the latest survey released by Pulse Asia on Monday (Oct. 7).

The survey revealed Duterte received a 78 percent approval rating in September, down by seven percent from his June 2019 rating.

His trust rating also declined to 74 percent from 85 percent in June.

Malacañang, however, said the drop in Duterte’s ratings is not a cause for concern, noting that it usually fluctuates depending on issues and time when it was taken.

“The ratings still high, more than 70%. The survey fluctuates depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo’s ratings also declined, receiving a 50 percent approval rating and 46 percent trust rating in the recent Pulse Asia survey.

Robredo’s ratings dropped by five and six percentage points, respectively compared to her ratings in June.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III got 72 percent approval and 66 percent trust rating while House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano got 64 percent approval and 62 percent trust rating.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, meanwhile, got a 42 percent approval rating and 34 percent trust rating.

Pulse Asia said the poll was conducted from Sept. 16 to 22 with 1,200 respondents aged 18 years old and above when issues hounding the National Bilibid Prison, Bureau of Corrections, including the good conduct time allowance mess, and the Philippine National Police dominated news headlines.

It has a ± 2.8% error margin at the 95% confidence level. 

Those interested in further technical details may refer to Pulse Asia’s website (www.pulseasia.ph)RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Duterte, Robredo approval and trust ratings go up – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   December 23, 2019

(FILE) Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte (R) and Vice-president Leni Robredo (L) attend commencement exercises of graduating police officers at Camp General Mariano Castaneda in Silang, Philippines, 22 March 2019. According to reports, Duterte on March 21, formally announced the end of government’s peace negotiations with communist rebels.  EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo’s approval and trust ratings have improved, according to the results of a nationwide survey conducted by Pulse Asia earlier this month.

The President’s approval and trust ratings went up to 87% and 83%, respectively.

Both are 9% higher than the chief executive’s ratings in September.

Vice President Robredo, meanwhile, got approval and trust ratings of 58% and 53%, with 8% and 7% increase, respectively, from the September survey.

Duterte’s approval and trust ratings were highest in Mindanao (both 98%).

Robredo’s approval and trust ratings, on the other hand, were highest in Visayas (63% and 60%).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo welcomed the result of the survey, saying the “stratospheric approval rating is unprecedented.”

In a statement, Panelo said: “history tells us that no President has passed the midpoint of his presidential term with such a high approval rating. It has always been a downtrend.”

The presidential spokesman also noted that the President’s disapproval rating was “reduced to a measly 5 percent.”

“The figures of the survey graphically show how the Filipino people are united in cementing their support to PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte), and in agreement with the government programs geared toward uplifting the social and economic condition of the masses of our people,” he said.

“This latest approval rating is a clear repudiation of the fabricated tale and the false narratives of the haters of the President including the foreign entities that have joined the fray with blinders in their eyes,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano also got higher approval and trust ratings this month, compared to three months ago.

Sotto’s approval and trust ratings went up to 84% (from 72) and 78% (from 66%), respectively.

Cayetano’s jump, however, was the highest, with approval rating going up to 80% with a 16% leap, and trust rating going up 76% with a 14% flinch.

Sotto, in a statement issued on Sunday, said he “strives to be consistent without compromising on excellent hard work and transparency as Senate President.”

“I share this honor for the increase in approval and trust rating with my fellow senators who are as equally dedicated to the true essence of public service and have become a team though coming from diverse and sometimes competing positions,” he said. /mbmf

BuCor controversy seen as reason for decrease in Duterte’s trust, approval ratings – Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   October 8, 2019

The latest Pulse Asia Research Inc. survey showed a 7-point decrease in President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval rating.

According to Pulse Asia, the reasons offered by the respondents in giving an approval or disapproval rating to a certain government official vary, and that the decrease in the President’s trust rating doesn’t necessarily mean that the public distrust on him has increased.

“Ang tumaas iyong indecision. Hindi sila makapagsabi kung sila ay nagtitiwala o hindi nagtitiwala,” said Ana Marie Tabunda, Pulse Asia’s Research Director.

“Maaaring iba iba iyong kanilang dahilan pero siguro malaki iyong kanilang epekto nitong mga balita tungkol sa nangyari sa Bureau of Corrections,” she added.

This is not the first time that a significant drop in the Filipinos’ trust rating on the President happened.

According to Pulse Asia, the Chief Executive experienced a drop in his performance rating in September 2018 when the country was facing inflation problems and inadequate rice supply.

The President, nevertheless, was able to recover from the slump and restored the public’s confidence in him in the succeeding months.

Tabunda also stressed that, compared to previous administrations, the president was able to sustain his high approval and trust ratings for a long time.

“Iyong kay President Estrada noong simula mataas din. Iyong kay President Aquino noong simula mataas din pero ano eh syempre pag dumadaan ang issues lahat nilalagay sa paanan ng Malacañang. Sa pintuan ng Malacañang so bumababa yan. Pero si Presidente Duterte ang pinakamatagal na ganito kataas,” Tabunda said.

Pulse Asia considers this result as an indication that the President is still enjoying a honeymoon period with the public even though he is already in the middle of his term.

“Hanggang ngayon honeymoon, kung sakali, in the sense na hanggang ngayon hindi pa siya bumababa. Ang lowest na trust niya 70. Line of 7. Ang lowest approval niya 75. Mataas iyan,” Tabunda added.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo also had a 5-point decrease in her trust rating.

Pulse Asia, however, clarified that such was not a significant drop.

Other high-ranking government officials, such as Senate President Tito Sotto, House Speaker Alan Cayetano, and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, have maintained a high trust rating. (from the report of Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

9 of 10 Filipinos favor automated election system — Pulse Asia

Maris Federez   •   August 7, 2019

Majority of the Filipinos still favor continuing the holding of elections through an automated system in the future.

Based on Pulse Asia’s recent survey conducted last June, nine of 10 or 91% of Filipinos would still prefer having the elections done electronically.

They said an automated election system is faster and the results are immediately released.

“They feel that faster results made the Elections more credible and then it’s also easier compared to let’s say how we use to vote where you have to write the surname of the candidate,” Pulse Asia president Dr. Ronnie Holmes said.

An election watchdog, however, said that since election results were difficult to manipulate under the AES, reports of vote-buying increased.

“Vote buying became more rampant after we automated our Elections because candidates, politicians did not know how to cheat the machines,” said LENTE executive director Atty. Ona Carritos.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) believes that President Rodrigo Duterte still trusts the automated election system despite his earlier pronouncement in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) favoring the termination of the contract with Smartmatic. (with details from Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

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