Sara’s ratings dip below Marcos – OCTA

Janvic Mateo - The Philippine Star
Sara�s ratings dip below Marcos � OCTA
President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte on January 25, 2024.
STAR / KJ Rosales

MANILA, Philippines — For the first time since their election in 2022, Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte obtained lower satisfaction and trust ratings than President Marcos in the quarterly survey conducted by the OCTA Research group.

Although considered as statistically tied, Duterte’s ratings are both one point lower than those obtained by Marcos, results of OCTA’s March 24 to 27 survey released yesterday showed.

Marcos obtained a satisfaction rating of 65 percent, down six points from the 71 percent he obtained in a similar survey conducted in December 2023. Those who were dissatisfied with his performance increased from nine percent to 14 percent.

Duterte, meanwhile, obtained a satisfaction rating of 64 percent, down 11 points from 75 percent in December 2023. Her dissatisfaction rating increased from seven percent to 13 percent.

In terms of trust, Marcos obtained a rating of 69 percent, down six points from 75 percent in December 2023. Distrust with the President increased from eight percent to 10 percent.

For Duterte, her trust rating further dipped to 68 percent, from 77 percent in the last survey. Distrust with the Vice President increased from five percent to 10 percent.

In OCTA’s October 2022 survey, the first released under the current administration, both Marcos and Duterte obtained a trust rating of 86 percent. The President had a satisfaction rating of 78 percent, while Duterte had 80 percent.

Duterte’s ratings increased in OCTA’s March 2023 survey, with satisfaction at 84 percent and trust at 87 percent.

Marcos obtained a satisfaction rating of 80 percent and a trust rating of 83 percent that quarter.

The ratings of both Marcos and Duterte have trended downwards in the following surveys, with the Vice President often enjoying higher ratings than the President – that is, until the first quarter of this year.

Declines across all areas

Based on the latest survey, the 11-point drop in Duterte’s satisfaction rating was due to declines across all areas, including 16 points in both balance Luzon and the Visayas.

Satisfaction with Duterte was still highest among respondents in her bailiwick Mindanao at 93 percent (from 97 percent), followed by those in the Visayas at 64 percent (from 80 percent), Metro Manila at 56 percent (from 61 percent) and rest of Luzon at 51 percent (from 64 percent).

Her trust ratings also suffered across areas, although it is still very high among those in Mindanao at 95 percent (from 99 percent). It was followed by the Visayas at 69 percent (from 84 percent), Metro Manila at 61 percent (from 64 percent) and rest of Luzon at 57 percent (from 68 percent).

For Marcos, satisfaction remained highest among those in balance Luzon at 75 percent (from 77 percent), followed by those in Metro Manila at 65 percent (from 67 percent), the Visayas at 60 percent (from 74 percent) and Mindanao at 48 percent (from 57 percent).

The President also obtained his highest trust rating among respondents in balance Luzon at 79 percent (from 77 percent), followed by Metro Manila at 70 percent (from 72 percent), the Visayas at 67 percent (from 79 percent) and Mindanao at 48 percent (from 68 percent).

OCTA’s Tugon ng Masa survey had 1,200 respondents and a margin of error of plus/minus three percent.

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