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Duterte rebounds to 83% trust in SWS poll

An overwhelming 83 percent of Filipinos expressed “much trust” on President Duterte as the country’s leader based on the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll conducted from last December 8 to 16.
SWS said that Mr. Duterte has a net trust rating of +75 less the seven percent of repondents who expressed little trust on him based on the pollsters netting system. SWS classified the current rating of Mr. Duterte as excellent.
Mr. Duterte’s current numbers rebounded from the 73 percent who expressed much trust on him in the previous quarter’s survey.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque attributed the rebound in Mr. Duterte’s survey ratings to the people’s recognition of political will.
“The path that he had shown that he can exercise political will to defeat terrorists and violent extremists in Marawi. The fact that people’s optimism is at an all-time high. The fact that manufacturing output is at an all-time high. So all these indicate that the economy is growing as he promised. He has promoted the rule of law against the threat of terrorism and, of course, he’s winning the war against drugs,” Roque said.
Roque said the President and his team will remain undistracted in improving the lives of the poor and the marginalized sector, enforcing the law and fighting criminality, and curbing graft and corruption in govern-ment.
Mr. Duterte’s net score was also up by one grade from the very high +60 in September 2017 after a 15-point decline from +75 in June 2017, SWS said.
SWS added that except in September 2017, Mr. Duterte’s net trust rating has been excellent since he became President.
It was a moderate +16 when SWS first asked about it in December 2015, and stayed at moderate levels up to March 30-April 2, 2016.
It went to good +30 in April 18-20, 2016, and to a moderate +26 in May 1-3, 2016, just before the May 9, 2016 elections. It then rose to a personal record-high of excellent +79 in June 24-27, 2016, just days before his inauguration in June 30, 2016.
SWS said the survey question on trust rating is different from satisfaction rating as the former gauges public trust in a personality as a whole, while the latter asks about public satisfaction with an individual’s performance related to his/her position or duty.
Unsurprisingly, public satisfaction with the performance of Rody Duterte as President was higher among those with much trust in him.

He obtained an excellent +71 (79 percent satisfied, 8 percent dissatisfied) among those with much trust in him, compared to the neutral +7 (40 percent satisfied, 33 percent dissatisfied) among those who were undecided, and the poor -25 (24 percent satisfied, 49 percent dissatisfied) among those with little trust in him [Chart 2].
President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating improved among both those with much trust in him, and those with little trust in him.
It rose by one grade from very good to excellent among those with much trust in him, at +71 (79 percent satisfied, 8 percent dissatisfied) in December, up by 2 points from +69 (79 percent satisfied, 10 percent dissatisfied) in September.
It rose by one grade from bad to poor among those with little trust in him at -25 (24 percent satisfied, 49 percent dissatisfied) in December, up by 13 points from -38 (22 percent satisfied, 60 percent dissatisfied) in September.
However, it fell by one grade from moderate to neutral among those undecided about their trust or distrust in him, at +7 (40 percent satisfied, 33 percent little trust) in December, down by 7 points from +14 (43 percent satisfied, 29 percent dissatisfied) in September.
The 15-point increase in Mr. Duterte’s national net rating was due to double-digit improvements in all areas, according to SWS.
It remained excellent in Mindanao, while up by 12 points from +82 (85 percent much trust, 3 percent little trust) in September 2017 to +94 (95 percent much trust, 2 percent little trust, correctly rounded) in December 2017.
It rose by one grade from very good to excellent in the Visayas, up by 19 points from +57 (71 percent much trust, 14 percent little trust) in September to +76 (83 percent much trust, 7 percent little trust) in December.
It rose by one grade from very good to excellent in Metro Manila, up by 19 points from +54 (71 percent much trust, 17 percent little trust) in September to +73 (80 percent much trust, 7 percent little trust) in December.
It remained very good in Balance Luzon, while up by 14 points from +52 (68 percent much trust, 15 percent little trust, correctly rounded) in September to +66 (77 percent much trust, 10 percent little trust, correctly rounded) in December 2017.
Pro-poor Rody
Roque said it is the first time in the history of the Philippines that an administration has promoted pro-people policies.
He referred, in particular, to the free healthcare, free education, free feeding for malnourished children, and free irrigation programs of the government.
“(T)he President, for the first time, give free tuition through state colleges and universities, (and) the law providing for free irrigation, which I’m a co-author, is about to take effect,” Roque said.
Roque recalled that during his stint in Congress, he authored two bills-the feeding program for grade school and kindergarten and the universal health care-which were passed by the House and were now awaiting action by the Senate.
In addition, Roque underscored that the government’s tax reform program would also create further economic stimulus leading to higher income for the people and higher tax collection for the government.
“By and large, the increase of the cost of commodities will not reach 1 percent as a result of the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law). On the other hand, the benefits are tremendous. It’s not only (the) much-needed infrastructure that will be built, according to the Build-Build-Build program. It’s also the jobs and the other economic opportunities that will be created as a result of the Build-Build-Build,” he added.
No more underspending
Meanwhile, the government’s infrastructure and capital spending increased in November last year by P13.6-billion or 44.8 percent year-on-year, as reported by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
“(This) is a welcome news. This means that our Build-Build-Build Infrastructure Plan has started to be rolled out,” Roque said.
Major projects that contributed to the growth in infrastructure spending included the completion of road infrastructure projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), acquisition of various equipment under the Capability Enhancement Program of the Department of Interior and Local Governance (DILG) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), and payments of supplies and repair and maintenance services of patrol vessels of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
“We assure everyone that with the implementation of the first package of tax reform measures we will expediently and efficiently use public funds to usher in the Golden Age of Infrastructure in the Philippines,” Roque said.

1 comment

  • inocent

    The yellows, who were supported by both SWS and Pulse Asia for the entire 6 years of the PNoy tenure are now saying they do not believe all the results of the 2 which were part of their propaganda machine for many years.

    inocent Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:50 Comment Link

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