By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
While President Rodrigo Duterte warms up with Russia and China, Filipinos do not share his trust toward the country’s new diplomatic partners as they continue to regard the United States highly, a recent Pulse Asia survey showed.
The poll, which asked 1,200 adults last December 6–11, 2016 on their trust toward five of the most powerful countries, bared that 76 percent of Filipinos expressed high regard for the United States; 24 percent said they had “a great deal of trust” while 52 percent showed “a fair amount of trust.”
Japan follows with a trust rating of 70 percent (17 percent expressing “a great deal of trust” and 53 percent having “a fair amount of trust”).
The poll, on the other hand, showed that the government’s diplomatic pivot to China and Russia does not sit well with the people, both recording only 38 percent of trust:
- China = 7 percent “great trust,” 30 percent “fair trust”
- Russia = 5 percent “great trust,” 33 percent “fair trust”
Great Britain joins the two countries behind with only 39 percent of trust (5 percent “great trust,” 34 percent “fair trust”).
Distrust prevailed in China at 61 percent (39 percent having “not too much trust,” 22 percent having “no trust at all”), followed by Russia at 58 percent (41 percent show “not too much trust,” 17 percent “no trust at all”).
Meanwhile, Great Britain recorded 55 percent of distrust (42 percent “not too much trust,” 13 percent “no trust at all”).
Only 29 percent (24 percent “not too much trust,” 5 percent “no trust at all”) expressed distrust in Japan, while 23 percent (21 percent “not too much trust,” 2 percent “no trust at all”) said they distrust the U.S.
Trust among areas, classes
Pulse Asia said trust in the U.S. and Japan prevailed among regions of the country, ranging from 69 percent to 83 percent and 58 percent to 76 percent, respectively, in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Great Britain, China and Russia, earned trust ratings respectively ranging from 26–55 percent (33–47 percent and 28–50 percent in the four areas).
Likewise, trust for the U.S. and Japan was high across all socio-economic classes, from 74 percent to 82 percent, and 62 percent to 83 percent, respectively.
But majority of the respondents from class ABC to E said they rather distrust Great Britain (52 percent to 62 percent) Russia (56 percent to 65 percent) and China (49 percent to 70 percent).
U.N. over E.U.
The same poll revealed that more Filipinos trust the United Nations (U.N.) than the European Union (E.U.).
U.N. received a trust rating of 74 percent (18 percent “great trust,” 15 percent “fair trust”), with only 25 percent (21 percent “not too much trust,” 3 percent “no trust at all”) saying otherwise.
E.U., on the other hand, had 50 percent expressing trust (7 percent “great trust,” 42 percent “fair trust”), while 47 percent distrust (39 percent “not too much trust,” 8 percent “no trust at all”).
Trust for U.N. was also higher across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, ranging 67 percent to 83 percent and 69 percent to 79 percent respectively.
For E.U., trust across regions ranged from 43 percent to 60 percent, while ratings among socio-economic classes recorded 38 percent to 58 percent.
The Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey had a ± 3 percent error margin for national percentages and a ± 6 percent error margins each for Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. It had 95-percent confidence level.
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