President’s approval, trust ratings decline – survey


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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s approval and trust ratings had a “sizeable” decline, a survey by PUBLiCUS Asia showed.

Duterte had an approval rating of 58 percent, down from 65 percent in the first quarter of this year.

His trust rating also slid to 50 percent from 55 percent.

“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.

The Build, Build, Build program was the most popular project during the President’s term, the survey found. Sharing the second spot were the Bayanihan Acts and the campaign against illegal drugs. The Universal Health Care Act was a distant third.

Overall, the Duterte administration received passing (6 points or above) marks in all areas except in promoting human rights (5.86) and managing inflation (5.82).

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.

The survey also looked at the approval and trust ratings of the vice president, the Senate and House leaders, and the chief justice.

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 had an approval rating of 38 percent with a trust rating of 23 percent while Speaker Lord Allan Velasco received an approval rating of 24 percent and a trust rating of 14 percent.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo got a 26-percent approval rating and a 15-percent trust rating.

PUBLiCUS surveyed 1,500 adults from July 13 to 19. The respondents were drawn from a research panel of approximately 100,000 registered Filipino voters.

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