Philippine president continues to enjoy high trust, approval ratings

MANILA (Xinhua) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high trust and approval ratings, according to an independent poll released yesterday.

A survey by Pulse Asia Inc conducted from December 14 to 21 last year showed 81 per cent of the 1,800 Filipinos aged 18 and above surveyed nationwide approved of Duterte’s performance or the way Duterte runs the country, up by six percentage points from his September 2018 rating of 75 per cent.

The survey further showed that Duterte’s trust rating also increased by four percentage points from 72 per cent in September 2018 to 76 per cent in December 2018.

“Most Filipinos express appreciation for the performance (of Duterte),” Pulse Asia said, adding that Duterte scored “majority approval and trust ratings across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings.”

The survey also showed that only seven per cent of Filipinos disapprove of Duterte’s performance while six per cent have small or no trust in him.