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Pulse Asia survey: US still trusted over China, Russia

Filipinos’ trust also higher for United Nations over the European Union


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.

FILE—Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia exchange agreements in Moscow. (AP) | mb.com.ph

FILE—Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia exchange agreements in Moscow.
(AP) | mb.com.ph

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 ex​​​pressing “a great deal of trust” ​and ​5​3 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,” 3​3 percent “fair trust”

Great Britain joins the two countries behind with only 39 percent of trust (5 percent “great trust,” 3​4 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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  • vg

    The survey seems to have logical results. We have been indoctrinated to trust the US and fear China and Russia all during the cold war. After the communist regimes changed, the US kept us at their side in not trusting those countries. DU30 opened up the PH and dialog with China and Russia began. We are just starting to know them and trust has not been built up yet. The US is a great country with high ideals. As DU30 has pointed out there are some individuals who are not to be trusted, while we continue to admire and trust the US

  • philspratly

    i hope the chinese and russian ambassabors read this and show it to xi and putin