MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) Seven out of 10 Filipinos trust President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey released Tuesday. Three out of every 4 Filipinos also approve of the President's performance, the same survey showed.
The survey conducted last September 1-7 showed 75 percent of Filipinos approve of Duterte's performance, compared to last June's score of 88 which was his highest approval rating since he took office.
Duterte's approval rating dropped across all areas and socio-economic classes. The highest decline in his approval rating was in Luzon, dropping to 66 percent from 83 percent, and among those in Class D, where it dropped to 74 percent from 87 percent.
"At the national level, President Duterte experienced a decline in his approval ratings (-13 percentage points) and a rise in indecision (+5 percentage points) during the period June to September 2018," Pulse Asia added.
The same trend can be seen in Duterte's trust rating which dropped to 72 percent from the previous 87 percent. Trust for Duterte dipped the most in Luzon and among those in Class D, with Pulse Asia noting increase in the number of undecided respondents.
"Indecision concerning presidential trustworthiness becomes more
marked between June and September 2018 among Filipinos as a whole (+8 percentage points) and in the rest of Luzon and Class D in particular (+9 and +8 percentage points, respectively)," it said.
Robredo approval, trust steady
Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo's approval ratings remained steady at 62 percent from June's 61 percent while her trust ratings stayed at 56 percent.
Robredo's approval rating dropped in Metro Manila and Mindanao, but rose to 80 percent from 63 percent in Visayas, and remained at 56 percent in the rest of Luzon.
Her approval rating rose to 68 percent from 63 percent among the people in Class E, and also rose to 53 percent from 41 percent among those in classes A, B and C, although it dropped 3 points to 63 among those in Class D.
Trust rating in Robredo, meanwhile, dropped in Metro Manila, Luzon, and Mindanao but rose to 76 percent from the previous 62 percent in Visayas. It also went up among those in Class A, B C, and E, but dropped among those in Class D.
Pulse Asia noted the survey was done days after Duterte made a controversial joke on the rise of rape cases in Davao City, after two fatal blasts in Mindanao, and after the President voided the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
The pollster also cited issues like the supposed rice shortage in the country and soaring prices in the commodity nationwide as some of the key incidents that happened before the survey was conducted.
Only 19 percent trust Arroyo: Pulse Asia
Meanwhile, Pulse Asia said 66 percent of those who took the poll say they trust Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, who replaced Senator Koko Pimentel last May, while only 19 percent say they trust new House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
The pollster also noted that 43 percent of the respondents expressed distrust for the former president.
"Distrust toward House Speaker Macapagal-Arroyo is the plurality sentiment in Metro Manila (50%), the rest of Luzon (47%), the Visayas (47%), Class D (44%), and Class E (45%)," it said.
Despite this, the survey showed approval remains the prevailing sentiment about the work done by the Senate and House of Representatives, which received 63 percent and 56 percent, respectively, a slight drop from June's ratings.
Meanwhile, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who acted as chief justice before Teresita Leonardo-de Castro was appointed as top magistrate, got a trust rating of 33 percent. The poll also showed 45 percent of the respondents were undecided when asked about their trust on Carpio.
Overall, approval of the work done by the Supreme Court dropped 11 points to 52 percent, compared to last June's numbers.
This comes after De Castro took oath as chief justice, and after an impeachment complaint against her and other justices who ousted Maria Lourdes Sereno was heard by the House committee on Justice, Pulse Asia noted.