By Alexandria San Juan
President Rodrigo Duterte ended the year 2018 with higher approval and trust ratings along with Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Vicente Sotto III, while House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffered low scores, the latest Pulse Asia Research survey showed.
In the latest results of the “Ulat ng Bayan survey” conducted by Pulse Asia Research on December 14-21, most Filipinos or at least 81% expressed their appreciation with the performance of President Duterte.
The President’s recent approval score increased a six percentage points from his September 2018 rating where it fell to its lowest or 75%.
President Duterte’s trust score also increased by 4 percentage points to 76% from his previous 72% score in September 2018.
Aside from the President, Vice President Robredo and Senator Sotto, also enjoy majority approval and trust ratings with 62% and 56%, and 74% and 66%, respectively.
Approval ratings of Robredo and Sotto obtained a +1 percentage point, while their trust ratings were unchanged from their scores in the September 2018 survey.
While three of the top government officials got high approval and trust ratings for the last quarter of 2018, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo received low scores.
A big plurality of Filipinos or at least 43% are critical of the work done by Arroyo, while only 27% said they approved her performance and 30% are undecided.
Similarly, distrust is the major public sentiment toward the House Speaker as 45% of Filipinos said they have “small or no trust” at all to Arroyo, 21% said they have “big trust,” and 34% are “undecided.”
Pulse Asia Research explained that it is the first time for Arroyo to be included in their survey on the performance and trust ratings of key government officials after taking over as Speaker in July last year.
Meanwhile, higher approval and trust ratings are also obtained by the Senate (69% and 65%, respectively), the House of Representatives (66% and 64%, respectively), and the Supreme Court (64% and 62%, respectively) at the national level.
During the period of September to December 2018, gains in public approval and trust are experienced by the Senate (+6 and +4 percentage points), the Lower House (+10 and +5 percentage points), and the Supreme Court (+12 and +8 percentage points).