Duterte net trust in Q2 down 8 points to 57

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Manila, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte’s net trust rating dropped to 57 percent in the second quarter, an eight-point decline from his 65 percent net trust score last March, the Second Quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

Results of the second quarter survey on Duterte’s trust rating were posted on the SWS website on Friday.

The SWS’ non-commissioned poll—taken last June 27 to 30—found 70 percent of Filipino with much trust with Duterte as against 13 percent with little trust for a net rating of 57 percent, a rating still classified as ‘very good’ by the SWS.

Sixteen percent of the respondents were undecided.

Duterte suffered the biggest drop in his net trust rating in Visayas with 49 percent or 21 percentage points down from his March’s score of 70 percent.

The President’s net trust score also took a hit in Metro Manila with 42 percent or 20 percentage points less than previous quarter’s 62 percent.

Duterte’s net trust score in Balance Luzon also fell to 50 percent from previous quarter’s 53 percent.

Mindanao, the President’s bailiwick, was the only saving grace since he scored 88 percent net trust rating there which is just one percentage point down from last quarter’s 89 percent.

Net trust in the President was also at the lowest among severely hungry families at 40 percent.

His net trust score reached 54 percent among moderately hungry families which is just a few percentage away from his 57 percent net trust rating among non-hungry families.

The SWS Second Quarter Survey was taken way before the 100,000 metric tons of rice infested with weevils (bukbok) were found in Subic in August and the nine-year high 6.4 percent inflation rate (rate of increasing pricesof basic commodities) which was announced this week.

The June 2018 SWS poll used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults aged 18 years old and above. 300 respondents were asked in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, respectively.

The margin of error is three percent for national percentages, and six percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The area estimates were weighted by Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2018 to obtain the national estimates.

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