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Palace: Duterte’s trust rating ‘a positive sign, very encouraging’

Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the “excellent” net public trust rating on President Rodrigo Duterte, taking it as an indication that the public “trusts the judgment, decision and actions” of the Chief Executive.

“It's a positive sign and very encouraging to know that the people trust the judgment, decisions and actions of the President. The mandate is clear, the government cannot stop what it has started,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a text message. 

President Duterte was elected to the presidency with more than 16 million votes. He ran on a campaign promise that he would eliminate crime, illegal drug trade, and corruption. 

According to the June survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS), 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.  — Kathrina Charmaine Alvarez/RSJ, GMA News