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Three months into his presidency, President Duterte continues to enjoy the trust of most Filipinos, obtaining an “excellent” +76 net trust rating in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Conducted from Sept. 24 to 27, the survey showed that 83 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they have much trust in the President. Eight percent said they have little trust in the President, while nine percent were undecided.

But the latest net trust rating of the President is three points lower than the +79 that he obtained in a survey conduct in June, weeks after his election.

The net trust rating is the rounded off difference between those who said they have much trust in the President and those who said they have little trust.

Despite the three-point dip, the President’s trust ratings remained in “excellent” territory, the survey firm noted.

SWS classifies 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.”

Duterte’s trust ratings following his election to the presidency are up three grades from the “moderate” +26 (54 percent much trust, 28 percent little trust) that he obtained prior to the May 9 polls.

The latest trust rating of the President was released a week after another SWS survey, also conducted from Sept. 24 to 27, showed that he obtained a “very good” +64 satisfaction rating.

“The SWS survey question on trust rating is different from satisfaction rating as the former gauges public trust in a personality as a whole, while the former asks about public satisfaction with an individual’s performance related to his or her position or duty,” said the survey firm.

Demographic breakdown

In terms of socioeconomic classes, the net trust rating of the President dropped by 12 points among those who identified themselves as belonging in Class E, from an “excellent” +79 in June (84 percent much trust, six percent less trust) to a “very good” +67 in September (80 percent much trust, 13 percent little trust).

It also dropped 10 points among those in Class ABC, from +82 (83 percent much trust, 1 percent little trust) to +72 (82 percent much trust, 10 percent little trust).

The result among Class D respondents hardly changed, from +79 (84 percent much trust, 5 percent little trust) to +78 (84 percent much trust, 6 percent little trust).

Geographically, the President obtained “excellent” net trust ratings in all areas except in balance Luzon where he obtained a “very good” +69, down six points from June’s “excellent” +75.

Duterte had a point gain among Mindanao respondents (+90 to +92), while his numbers went down among those in Metro Manila (+78 to +76) and the Visayas (+74 to +73).

Net trust ratings of the President increased in rural areas (+75 to +77), but dropped eight points in urban areas (+83 to +75).

It also went down among men (+82 to +77) and women (+75 to +74) respondents.

Among age groups, Duterte’s net trust ratings increased among those aged 55 and above (+70 to +73), but fell in other brackets: 18 to 24 years old (+88 to +82), 25 to 34 years old (+84 to +83), 35 to 44 years old (+78 to +76) and 45 to 54 (+78 to +69).

By education, his net trust ratings increased among high school graduates (+81 to +82), but fell among college graduates (+87 to +84), elementary graduates (+74 to +66) and those who did not finish elementary (+76 to +66).

The non-commissioned survey was conducted via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adult respondents. It has a sampling error margin of +/-3 points for national percentages.

The results were published in BusinessWorld yesterday.




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