ALMOST eight out of 10 Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance in recent months, according to a survey conducted by Pulse Asia.
The pollster’s September 2019 Ulat ng Bayan Survey showed that “approval and trust are the predominant sentiments toward three of the country’s leading government officials.”
Duterte received a 78% approval rating while Senate President Vicente Sotto III got 72% and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano received 64%.
Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, received a 50% approval rating while Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin received 42%.
The nationwide survey was conducted from September 16 to 22, 2019 using face-to-face interviews with a sample of 1,200 representative adults aged 18 years old and above.
It has a ± 2.8% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95% confidence level: ± 5.7% for Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Malacañang yesterday said it was not worried about the drop in the approval and trust ratings of President Duterte in the third quarter of this year.
Duterte’s approval rating dropped from 85% in June to 78% in September while his trust rating settled at 74%, down by 11 percentage points from the 85% in the previous quarter, according to independent pollster Pulse Asia.
“The rating is still high; it’s more than 70%. Surveys fluctuate depending on when they get them. If it is taken at a time when there are controversies hounding, it may affect the survey results,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in his regular briefing
Asked if the Palace was concerned about the ratings drop, Panelo said: “No.”
Pulse Asia said the survey was conducted on September 16 to 22 amid issues such as the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) mess, polio outbreak, deadly hazing incident in the Philippine Military Academy and African swine fever outbreak.