Pulse Asia: Duterte has 86% performance, trust ratings

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Eight in 10 (86 percent) of Filipinos trust President Rodrigo Duterte, according to a survey by Pulse Asia Research.

This is true across geographic areas and socioeconomic classes in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

"Ambivalence toward presidential performance is more pronounced than outright disapproval," Pulse Asia said of its Ulat ng Bayan survey. Undecided approval ratings were pegged at 11 percent and disapproval at 3 percent.

The study, conducted in September, covers Duterte's first three months in office and is the first performance-rated poll by Pulse Asia.

The survey is based on a sample of 1,200 adults with a ± 3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covering Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have a ± 6 percent error margin, also at 95 percent confidence level.

A previous survey by the Pulse Asia in July had pegged Duterte's trust rating at 91 percent in July.

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The Pulse Asia survey shows Duterte had the highest performance ratings in Mindanao (93), but he also scored high in NCR (80 percent), Luzon (84), and Visayas (88). Across socioeconomic classes, he was most popular with Class E (88 percent), followed by D (86) and ABC (82).

Ratings for trust were similar, with Mindanao leading at 96 percent. The region was followed by Visayas (86), Luzon (82) and NCR (81). While Classes ABC and D tied at 85 percent trust, E scored 88 percent.

Across geographic areas, the survey found 3 to 13 percent ambivalence and 1 to 6 percent disapproval. Across socioeconomic classes, ambivalence was pegged at 7 to 12 percent and disapproval at 3 to 7 percent.

Pulse Asia also listed the following events leading up to the survey:

The testimony of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato in Senate and Duterte's denial of his claims;

the United Nations and other world leaders expressing concern at the rise of drug-related killings;

Duterte's statement about Hitler and subsequent apology;

the ousting of Sen. Leila De Lima as chairperson of the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee;

the beginning of the House of Representatives' probe on the New Bilibid Prison drug trade;

the release of another narco-list containing judges and Chinese nationals;

the House Committee on Transportation's approval in principle of granting Duterte emergency powers on traffic;

Cayetano's claim that the Liberal Party planned to oust Duterte and have Vice President Leni Robredo replace him;

the commemoration of the declaration of martial law;

the passing of former Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago; and

the depreciation of the peso against the dollar.