Pulse Asia: Duterte maintains majority trust rating
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reviews the troops as he leads the flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the 120th death anniversary of the country's national hero Jose P. Rizal Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in Manila, Philippines. Détente remains popular as shown by recent surveys despite international concerns about his war on drugs that has so far killed more than 6,000 drug suspects since he took office June 30. AP/Bullit Marquez
MANILA, Philippines — After six months in office, President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy majority approval and trust ratings, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey.
The president's approval and trust ratings were both at 83 percent during the last quarter of 2016.
Duterte's trust rating slightly dropped from his 86-percent rating for the third quarter last year.
The survey was conducted from December 6 to 11 among 1,200 respondents nationwide with a ± 3 percent margin of error at the 95 percent confidence level.
In December, Social Weather Stations released survey results that showed 81 percent of Filipinos had "much trust" in Duterte.
This meant a net trust trating of +72, above the +70 threshold that SWS uses to consider a rating "excellent."
The fourth quarter survey's results were slightly lower than the +76 trust rating that Duterte received in September and the +79 that respondents gave him days before he took his oath of office on June 30.
The survey found that Duterte had the most trust from respondents in Mindanao, where he got an "excellent" +85 score. The score was down seven points from +92 in September.
Duterte got a "very good" trust rating of +69 in "Balance Luzon" and in the Visayas. This was the same score that Duterte got in Balance Luzon in September, but down four points from his previous rating in the Visayas.