June 23, 2018, 10:32 am
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Duterte most trusted president since Estrada, GMA, Aquino

A YEAR after becoming the country’s chief executive, President Duterte recorded the highest net trust rating among Philippine presidents since Joseph Estrada, according to a Pulse Asia survey.

The Pulse Asia, which released yesterday a comparative data of the approval and trust ratings of Duterte, former Presidents Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Simeon Aquino III, also said the incumbent president tied with his predecessor in terms of highest net approval rating after a year in office.

The survey data, culled from 1999 to 2017, had Duterte obtaining a net trust rating of +74 in its September 2017 survey or its first survey since the sitting president celebrated his first year in office. Duterte assumed the presidency on June 30, 2016.

The data showed 80 percent of Filipinos expressed trust on Duterte while 6 percent expressed distrust and 14 percent were undecided if they trust or distrust the incumbent president which yielded a net trust core of +74 (percent of trust minus percent of distrust).

Duterte is more trusted than Aquino, who obtained a net trust score of + 70 (75 percent trust, 5 percent distrust and 19 percent undecided) recorded in August 2011. Aquino assumed the presidency on June 30, 2010.

Arroyo recorded a higher net trust score of +23 (45 percent trust, 22 percent distrust, and 33 percent undecided) in April 2002 or a little over a year since she was catapulted to the presidency after Estrada was deposed in January 2001, compared to the year after she was elected as president in 2004. Arroyo recorded a -34 net trust score in October 2005 (21 percent approval, 55 percent disapproval, and 25 percent undecided).

Estrada obtained a +11 net trust rating (39 percent approval, 28 percent disapproval, and 33 percent  undecided) in the December 1999 survey. He became president on June 30, 1998 but the Pulse Asia trust rating survey data was only available starting December 1999.

The Pulse Asia comparative data also showed that Duterte and Aquino tied in having the highest net approval of +73 (percent of approval minus percent of disapproval.

Duterte obtained a higher approval rating of 80 percent approval (7 percent disapproval, 13 percent undecided) in the September 2017 survey over Aquino who recorded a 77 percent approval rating (4 percent disapproval, 18 percent undecided) in August 2011.

Estrada had a higher net approval score of +44 (61 percent approval, 17 percent disapproval and 22 percent undecided) recorded in September 1999, compared to his successor Arroyo who recorded a net approval score of +36 (57 percent approval, 21 percent and 22 percent undecided) in April 2002, and a -28 (24 percent approval, 52 percent disapproval and 24 percent undecided) in October 2005.
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