OCTA survey: 8 in 10 Filipinos still trust PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 18) — Majority of Filipinos still trust the Philippine National Police (PNP), according to a recent nationwide survey by OCTA Research.

Results of the latest "Tugon ng Masa" survey found that 80% of Filipinos believe in the police force, 5% expressed a lack of trust, while 15% were undecided over the trustworthiness of the organization.

Respondents from the Visayas and Mindanao were more trusting at 89%, while those from the National Capital Region were less trusting — with just 67% saying they trust the PNP.

Trust in the police was also high among young adults aged 25 to 44 at 86%. Those aged 18 to 24 and those aged 55 to 63 showed the most distrust at 9% and 10%, respectively.

In terms of the PNP's performance, 73% of Filipinos said they were satisfied, 6% were dissatisfied, and 15% expressed uncertainty.

Meanwhile, 41% of the respondents indicated they have seen an improvement in the PNP's implementation of peace and order, 9% said it has worsened, while 48% said they saw no change.

At least 41% of the respondents also thought that the police's handling of crime improved, 8% said otherwise, while 46% said they have not noticed any change.

The nationwide poll was conducted from March 24 to 28 using face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipino adults.

It was carried out before the PNP was hounded by controversies such as the alleged "cover-up" of a ₱6.7-billion shabu haul and a supposed leak of documents and private records of police personnel and applicants.

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