SWS: Duterte’s trust rating
still ‘excellent’ for most Filipinos

October 11 2016 1:01 PM

File image by Rey S. Baniquet/PPD
File image by Rey S. Baniquet/PPD

(UPDATED at 3:07 p.m., Oct. 11, PH time) Majority of Filipinos continue to trust President Rodrigo Duterte who maintained an “excellent” rating in the first 100 days of his administration, according to results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that were released on Tuesday, October 11.

The SWS survey conducted in coordination with media partner BusinessWorld showed that Duterte enjoyed a 76 percent trust rating.

Based on the SWS classification, Duterte’s rating fell under “excellent”.

The SWS classifies net trust ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very “good””; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad” as well as -70 and below as “execrable.”

SWS conducted face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide from September 24 to 27. The survey had an error margin of ±3 for national percentages.

All or 100 percent of respondents said they were aware of President Duterte’s administration. Eighty-three percent of respondents said they had “much trust” in the President, while only 8 percent said they had “little trust” in Duterte.

Duterte’s 76 percent trust rating was a slight decrease from his previous 79 percent from June 24 to 27, before he was sworn into office on June 30. Duterte’s current trust ratings were a huge jump from the 26 percent he had before the May 9 elections.

Trusted across age groups

Duterte registered the highest trust rating in the 25-34 age group, where he had a net score of 83 percent.

This was followed by 82 percent in the 18-24 age group, 76 percent in the 35-44 bracket, 73 percent among respondents aged 45-54, and 69 percent among 55 years old and above.

Duterte was voted into the presidency by 16 million people on May 9, 2016. The 18-24 age group comprised 20.28 percent of voters in the last polls, official data from the Commission on Elections said.

Most trusted in Mindanao

Mindanao gave Duterte his highest net trust score of 92 percent, the survey said.

Duterte was mayor of Davao City in 1988, and from 2001 to 2016. He is the first Mindanaoan to become president of the Philippines.

The former mayor had 82 percent in Visayas, 83 percent in the National Capital Region, and 78 percent in Balance Luzon.

Surrounding issues

The survey was taken as controversies in the local and international front hounded the new administration.

On September 21, Duterte let out a string of expletives against the European Union (EU) after it called for a stop to the spate of extrajudicial killings that were linked to his anti-drug campaign. The Philippine president said the EU delivered such a statement “in atonement for their own sins” or human rights violations.

It was during this period that self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato told senators investigating the extrajudicial killings that Duterte had masterminded them and confirmed the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS).

Senator Leila de Lima, then chairperson of the committee on justice and human rights, which spearheaded the investigation, presented Matobato.

Her running feud with Duterte who accused her of using “drug money” to fund her senatorial campaign eventually cost her the committee chairmanship as she was replaced by Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon.

In a televised speech on September 12, Duterte said US Special Forces should leave Mindanao where Americans were high-value targets for criminals and were very likely to get killed.

Duterte also repeatedly scored the US, especially its President Barack Obama, for speaking out on extrajudicial killings despite its own human rights record.

Duterte had emphasized that he would pursue an independent foreign policy since he was not beholden to anyone but the Filipino people.

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