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Duterte starts presidency with ‘excellent’ trust rating – SWS poll

President Rodrigo Duterte received an "excellent" net public trust rating during a June 2016-Social Weather Stations survey, the first such survey to be taken since he assumed the presidency.

According to the SWS survey, 84 percent of those polled said they had “much trust”, 11 percent were undecided, and 5 percent had “little trust”. This gave Duterte a net trust rating (percentage of "much trust" minus percentage of "little trust") of +79.

The SWS rates net trust ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”, +50 to +69 as “very “good”, +30 to +49 as “good”, +10 to +29 as “moderate”, +9 to -9 as “neutral”, -10 to -29 as “poor”, -30 to -49 as “bad”, -50 to -69 as “very bad”, and -70 and below as “execrable”.

In December of 2015, the first time the SWS took a poll on Duterte's trust rating, he was rated a “moderate” +16. By January to February 2016, Duterte had a trust rating  +13 to +17. In March, the rating rose to +26, then was a "good" +30 by April.

By May, just before the elections, Duterte had a "moderate" trust rating of +26.

The SWS also reported that Duterte's first trust-rating as president was comparable to his predecessor's, former President Benigno Aquino III's, who was rated "excellent" at +83 after the 2010 elections.


In "Balance Luzon", the SWS poll found that Duterte's trust rating rose to an “excellent” +75 in June from May's “neutral" +9.

Metro Manila similarly saw in improvement to an “excellent” +78 from a +21 "moderate".

In the Visayas, it rose from a +17 "moderate" in May to June's "excellent" +74.

In Mindanao, it rose to an "excellent" +90 from a "very good" +60.

Social classes, education

Among class ABC, Duterte's June trust rating was an "excellent" +82, compared to May's +35 "good".

With class D, it rose to an “excellent” +79 from a “moderate” +23, while among class E it rose to an “excellent” +79 from +35 “good”

Based on education, Duterte's rating among non-elementary graduates rose to an “excellent” +76 from a “moderate” +18.

It was also “excellent”, at +74, among those with some high school education, from a “moderate” +16.

Among those with some college education it was an “excellent” +81 from a “moderate” +28, while it rose to an “excellent” +87 from a “good” +44 among college graduates.

Age groups

Among 18-24 year olds, Duterte was rated an “excellent” +88 in June, compared to May's “good” +42.

It was also “excellent”, at +84, among 25-34 year olds, from a “good” +38.

Duterte was rated an “excellent” +78 among 35-44 year olds, from a “moderate” +27.

He was also rated an “excellent” +78 in June among 45-54 years olds, compared to May's “moderate” +22.

Among those who were at least 55 years old, Duterte was rated an “excellent” +70 in June, from May's +11 “moderate”.

SWS's public trust rating survey was taken from June 24 to June 27 using face-to-face interviews among 1,200 adult respondents nationwide. The survey had sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Luzon areas outside the nation’s capital, the Visayas and Mindanao.

The survey results were posted on the BusinessWorld website. — Bernadette Parco/DVM, GMA News