Duterte maintains high approval, trust ratings

More than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained high approval and trust ratings, an independent pollster said.

In the first quarter poll conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc., Duterte registered an overall approval rating of 65 percent, nominally lower than his 70 percent score in the survey conducted in December last year.


The President also acquired a trust rating of 55 percent, 7 points lower than his 62 percent score in December, according to the Pahayag survey.

Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd secured an approval rating of 40 percent while Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo got 29 percent.

Retired chief justice Diosdado Peralta recorded a 28-percent approval rating while House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco had 25 percent.

Robredo’s trust rating was 19 percent and her distrust rating was 49 percent.

On the other hand, Sotto had 25-percent trust rating; Peralta, 15 percent; and Velasco, 14 percent.

Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were recognized as top performers among government agencies included in the survey.

Tesda received a 61-percent approval rating for its performance, while the AFP had 60 percent and DSWD, 57 percent.

The Philippine National Police’s total approval went down from 58 percent in December to 36 percent in this survey run.

The most trusted agencies were the AFP (44 percent), Tesda (43 percent) and Department of Science and Technology (35 percent).

The Pahayag survey, conducted from March 20 to 29, polled 1,500 respondents drawn from a research panel of approximately 100,000 Filipinos maintained by a Singapore-based firm.
The survey research panel was restricted to registered voters.

The poll is an independent, noncommissioned, survey covering nine modules: state of the economy and economic prospects; Covid-19 vaccine prioritization and openness to safety protocols; national issues; scorecard for national leaders and institutions; emotional quotient of incumbent and prospective leaders; media consumption habits and responses to media campaigns; predisposition; blended learning; and new normal consumption habits.