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Pulse: US most trusted by Pinoys, China least

Helen Flores - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines -   The United States is the nation most trusted by Filipinos – and China the least, based on a Pulse Asia survey conducted from March 15 to 20.

The poll showed trust level for the US at 79 percent; Japan, 75 percent; Australia and Great Britain, 69 percent and 53 percent, respectively.

Only four in 10 have trust in Russia and China – at 42 percent and 37 percent, respectively.

President Duterte has established stronger relations with China and Russia while expressing dismay at the US for the latter’s critical stand on his war on drugs.

“That’s par for the course. After all these years we’ve been programmed to think that these are the enemies,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said referring to China and Russia, in reaction to the survey result.

“The President is breaking free as a disruptor so… it’s par for the course,” he added.

In the survey, 63 percent of respondents said they could not trust China and 56 percent voiced the same opinion of Russia.

The United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) also enjoy the trust of most of the respondents at 82 percent and 81 percent, respectively.

A majority of Filipinos across all geographic areas and socio-economic classes expressed trust in the US (75 percent to 88 percent and 72 percent to 80 percent, respectively), Japan (71 percent to 81 percent and 71 percent to 79 percent, respectively), Australia (67 percent to 75 percent and 68 percent to 74 percent, respectively), the UN (77 percent to 84 percent and 77 percent to 82 percent, respectively) and the ASEAN (73 percent to 83 percent and 78 percent to 82 percent, respectively).

Great Britain registered majority trust ratings in most geographic areas and socio-economic groupings (52 percent to 62 percent and 55 percent to 56 percent, respectively), with the exception of the Visayas at 48 percent, and Class E at 44 percent.

As for China, distrust is the prevailing sentiment in every geographic area and socio-economic class (53 percent to 70 percent and 63 percent to 69 percent, respectively).

Russia also registered majority distrust ratings in the rest of Luzon (60 percent), the Visayas (62 percent) and all socio-economic classes (54 percent to 61 percent), while posting a bare majority trust score (51 percent) in Metro Manila and Mindanao.

According to Pulse Asia, the only significant changes in public opinion on the survey topic between December 2016 and March 2017 were the 14-point increase in the level of trust for Great Britain and the drop in the level of distrust for the same country (-11 percentage points) and the eight-point rise in the level of trust in the UN and the decline in the level of distrust for the same organization (-8 percentage points).

The survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults.

It has a plus or minus three percentage points error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. – With Christina Mendez

PULSE ASIA

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