MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and trust ratings had a “sizeable” drop in the recent PUBLiCUS Asia survey.
Duterte’s approval rating dropped to 58 percent, a seven percent decline from this year’s first-quarter survey of 65 percent.
His trust rating also slid to 50 percent from the previous 55 percent.
Despite the decline in the said ratings, however, the president still maintained a good lead among top government officials.
“While it is a sizable drop for both approval and trust ratings, President Duterte still leads the top five government officials with a total approval rating of 58 percent and a total trust rating of 50 percent,” PUBLiCUS said in a statement.
The survey said the Build, Build, Build program was the most popular project during the President’s term, followed by the Bayanihan laws and the campaign against illegal drugs. The Universal Health Care Act was a distant third.
The Anti-Terrorism Act was cited as a top 3 project by over a fifth of respondents.
Overall, the Duterte administration has passing (on or above 6) marks in all areas except promoting human rights (5.86) and managing inflation (5.82), the report said.
Other areas include infrastructure development, taking care of overseas Filipino workers, providing public education, peace in Mindanao, anti-terrorism, crime reduction and law enforcement, providing public health services, national government response to Covid-19, food security, economic development, poverty reduction, job generation, dealing with corruption, foreign affairs, and energy security.
Meanwhile, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo had an approval rating of 32 percent and a trust rating of 24 percent.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd, on the other hand, received an approval rating of 38 percent with a trust rating of 23 percent, while Speaker Lord Allan Velasco got a 24-percent approval rating and a 14-percent trust rating.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo had an approval rating of 26 percent and a trust rating of 15 percent.
The PUBLiCUS Asia survey was conducted among 1,500 respondents, from July 13 to 19. —/mbmf