DESPITE the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance and trust ratings improved by four percentage points and five percentage points, respectively, according to a poll released by Pulse Asia on Monday.
The survey, conducted from June 25 to 29, showed that Duterte posted a performance score of 82 percent, up by four percentage points from his March’s 78 percent.
The President’s trust score also rose by five percentage points to 81 percent in June from 76 percent recorded in March.
Pulse Asia said Duterte registered the highest performance and trust ratings of 95 percent and 97 percent, respectively, in his bailiwick in Mindanao, which is currently placed under martial law.
It was followed by approval rating of 84 percent in Visayas, 80 percent in Manila, and 75 percent in the rest of Luzon.
Duterte, on the other hand, obtained a trust score of 8 percent in Visayas, 81 percent in Manila, and 73 percent in the rest of Luzon.
Sought for reaction on the results of the latest poll, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella considered it as a “pleasant news.”
The survey was conducted when Duterte declared martial law in May 23 in Mindanao, after clashes between government troops and Maute terror group emerged.
Other significant events covered during the poll period were the June 2 attack on Resorts World Manila by a former employee of the Department of Finance that killed 38 individuals; and the downgrading of charges against policemen involved in the killing of former Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr.
Pulse Asia used a ±3 percentage points error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. Subnational estimates for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have a ±6 percentage points error margin at 95 percent confidence level. (SunStar Philippines)