MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte's net trust rating declined in the first quarter of 2018 with a "very good" rating of 65 points, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Thursday.
This is a 10-point decline from his "excellent" rating of 75 points in December 2017.
The survey found that 76 percent of adult Filipinos with "much trust" and 10 percent with "little" trust in Duterte, while 14 percent said they are "undecided."
The President's trust rating stayed "excellent" in Visayas (+70), Mindanao (+89), and Balance Luzon (+53) despite a slight decrease of 6 points, 5 points, and 3 points respectively.
It declined from "excellent" to "very good" in Metro Manila to +62 from +73 last quarter.
Duterte remained popular among college graduates with an "excellent" rating of +76 from last quarter's +73.
His trust rating, meanwhile, fell from "excellent" to "very good" among non-elementary graduates (+68), elementary graduates (+58), and high school graduates (+66) by 2 points, 15 points, and 12 points respectively.
Despite the decline in Duterte’s net trust rating, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace remains grateful.
“We are thus grateful for our people’s vote of confidence with significant trust in the President, amid being subject to unending criticisms and attacks,” Roque said in a statement.
"Rest assured that the President will continue to steer the ship of State until we reach a drug-free destination where the country's macroeconomic fundamentals would be strong and resilient so Filipinos could lead comfortable lives.”
The survey was conducted by SWS from March 23 to 27, 2017 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults aged 18 and above nationwide.
SWS surveyed 300 adults each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
It had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The polling agency differentiates between a rating of trust and one of satisfaction. It says trust gauges public sentiment about a personality while satisfaction is related to an individual's performance related to his position or duty. - with Reuters