Poll: Duterte performance rating rises to 91% amid Covid-19

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MANILA (The Philippine Star) —  President Rodrigo Duterte scored the highest approval and trust ratings among the five top government officials amid criticism over his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Pulse Asia survey released Monday.

The poll, conducted from Sept. 14 to 20, showed that Duterte obtained an approval rating of 91%, up four points from 87% last December. Those who disapproved of his work remained at 5%.

The remaining 5% were undecided, down from 8%.

The poll also found that 91% of the respondents expressed trust in Duterte, up eight points from 83%. Only 3% distrust President Duterte, down from 6%.

Six percent of the respondents could not say whether or not they trust Duterte, down from 10% last December.

Vice President Leni Robredo received an approval rating of 57%, down by a point from 58%.

Twenty-two percent said they disapproved of Robredo’s performance, up from 20%, while  21% were undecided.

The people’s trust in Robredo also dropped to 50% from 53%. Those who expressed distrust in the vice president rose from 20% to 22%. The remaining 28% were undecided, up from 26%.

Robredo is with the opposition. In the Philippines, voters elect the president and vice president separately.

Pro-administration Senate President Vicente Sotto III’s approval rating stayed at 84% while his disapproval score increased by a point to 6%.

Sotto’s trust rating rose by a point to 79%, while distrust in him was unchanged at 5%.

Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, another Duterte ally, suffered the biggest drop in approval rating, dipping to 70% from 80%. Those who disapproved of his job increased to 10% from 6%.

Cayetano’s trust rating dropped from 76% to 67%. Those who expressed distrust in him increased from 6% to 9%.

Cayetano and another pro-Duterte congressman, Lord Allan Velasco, are currently squabbling over the speakership.

The administration thanked the public for Duterte’s high survey numbers and attributed Robredo’s lower trust and performance ratings to “politicking.”

“Thank you very much to the people. The president got 91 % trust and performance approval ratings,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said. “The promise of the president is he will do everything so we can recover from this pandemic and he will set aside politics.”

Roque said the survey results have proven that he was right in saying that politics should be set aside at a time of pandemic.

“Madam VP (Vice President), it seems that what I said was right. It appears that Filipinos do not want politicking during the pandemic. Try to stop politicking, your trust rating of 50% and performance rating of 57% might go up,” he said, addressing Robredo.

Robredo’s camp agreed that Filipinos hate politicking in the time of pandemic.

“It’s true. That’s why many Filipinos continue to support the vice president,” Robredo’s spokesman Barry Gutierrez said.

Robredo is grateful to the people who continued to appreciate her service, Gutierrez said.

The poll used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 Filipinos 18 years old and above.

The survey has a plus or minus 2.8 percentage points error of margin at a 95% confidence level.

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