Palace welcomes Duterte's high trust ratings


MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed that eight in every ten Filipinos have much trust in President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte would likely say that he is just performing his duty as chief executive.

“He (Duterte) would appreciate the trust and he would also say, if I know him, that, trabaho lang yan (it’s my job),” Abella told reporters in an interview.

“That’s just part of the job and that we will continue to do our part,” he added.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar called the poll result “a positive sign.”

“(It is) very encouraging to know that the people trust the judgment, decisions and actions of the president. The mandate is clear, the government cannot stop what it has started,” Andanar said.

The nationwide survey conducted from June 24 to 27 showed that 84 percent of 1,200 respondents had “much trust” in Duterte.

Only five percent had “little trust” in him for an “excellent” net trust rating of +79.

The pollster describes net trust ratings of at least +70 as “excellent,” +50 to +69 as “very “good”, +30 to +49 as “good”, +10 to +29 as “moderate”, +9 to -9 as “neutral”, -10 to -29 as “poor”, -30 to -49 as “bad”, -50 to -69 as “very bad”, and -70 and below as “execrable”.

SWS conducted face-to-face interviews and used sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

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