President Rodrigo Duterte snagged a “big trust” rating of 91 percent in the week following his assumption into office, the latest Pulse Asia survey revealed.
Vice President Leni Robredo, on the other hand, had a “big trust” rating of 62 percent, according to the survey conducted from July 2 to 8.
Both officials, who assumed office on June 30, also garnered a 100 percent awareness rating, the survey showed.
Meanwhile, those who distrust Duterte constituted only 0.2 percent of 1,200 respondents nationwide, aged 18 years old and above.
Robredo has an 11 percent “small/no trust” rating, implying that one in 10 Filipinos distrust her.
As for those who are undecided or ambivalent in their trust in the country's top two leaders, Duterte had an 8 percent rating while Robredo had 27 percent.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the third highest official of the land, registered a “big plurality indecision figure” of 42 percent, Pulse Asia reported.
Sereno had an awareness rating of 79 percent, trust rating of 35 percent, distrust rating of 19 percent and a "small/no trust" rating of 19 percent.
The survey has a ± 3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.
Duterte, Robredo express gratitude
The Palace took to Facebook to express its gratitude for Duterte's record-breaking trust rating.
"Maraming salamat sa tiwala, mga kababayan," the caption said while the photo had a caption of "daghang salamat" or "thank you very much" in Visayan.
Robredo, on the other hand, posted a message of thanks on Twitter.
"Maraming salamat sa inyo! Patuloy nating suportahan ang mga programa ng ating VP para sa mga nasa laylayan," the tweet read.
Events at the time of the survey
Meanwhile, the big news events that happened around the time when the survey was conducted included:
- the oath-taking of Duterte and Robredo;
- appointment of Robredo as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC);
- appointment of former National Food Authority (NFA) Chief Angelito Banayo as Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Managing Director and Resident Representative;
- appointment of former Gabriela Party List Representative Liza Maza as National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Lead Convenor;
- filing of case against former President Benigno Aquino III over his administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP);
- filing of case against Aquino over the Mamasapano encounter on January 25, 2015 resulting in the death of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF);
- filing of bills by Senator Franklin Drilon granting emergency powers to Duterte to address the traffic crisis;
- the spate of drug killings, arrests, and "surrenders"; and
- proposals to bring back the death penalty.
High trust rating nationwide
Duterte received high trust rating nationwide — 97 percent in Mindanao where he came from, and 89 percent in both Luzon and Visayas. In the National Capital Region he got 92 percent.
Robredo, on the other hand, got 58 percent in Luzon, 72 percent in the Visayas, and 61 percent in Mindanao. In NCR she got 65 percent.
When it comes to social classes, Duterte obtained an 89 percent trust rating from the ABC class, and a high 92 percent from both the D and E classes. Robredo, meanwhile, got 53 percent from the ABC class, 64 percent from the D class and 61 percent from the E class.
As for distrust ratings, Duterte registered a zero percent rating in NCR, Luzon, and Mindanao, and only 1 percent in the Visayas.
The distrust rating of Duterte in the ABC and D classes was also zero percent and only 1 percent in the E class.
For Robredo, her distrust rating was highest in Luzon at 15 percent and lowest in the Visayas at 6 percent. In the NCR, her distrust rating stood at 12 percent and in Mindanao it was 7 percent.
For the ABC class, Robredo's distrust rating was 12 percent. For the D class it was 11 percent, and 9 percent for the E class. —With reports from Trisha Macas and Rose-An Jessica Dioquino/KG/KBK, GMA News