PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s performance and trust ratings remained high at the last quarter of 2016 despite the controversies that hounded him, pollster Pulse Asia said in its latest survey.

The survey, which was conducted from December 6 to 11, showed that Duterte’s performance and trust scores were both at 83 percent, only three-percentage points down from 86 percent ratings he posted last September 2016.

"Amidst various controversies involving him and his administration, most Filipinos remain appreciative of the work done by President Rodrigo Duterte," Pulse Asia said.

"Public assessment of the President’s performance and trust ratings remains unchanged between September and December 2016," it added.

The survey found that 83 percent of 1,200 respondents approved the President’s performance while only five percent disapproved. Thirteen percent of the respondents were ambivalent on the matter.

Duterte posted the highest approval rating in his bailiwick in Mindanao at 91 percent, followed by Visayas (84 percent), Manila (79 percent), and Balance Luzon (78 percent).

According to Pulse Asia, 83 percent of the respondents said they “trust” the President, four percent “distrust” him, and 13 percent were undecided.

The President registered the highest trust ratings in Mindanao (92 percent). He got a trust score of 87 percent in Visayas, 79 percent in Manila, and 77 percent in Balance Luzon.

Malacañang was elated by the latest poll results, saying the high approval and trust scores "speak volumes about people's appreciation of the President's achievements, especially in his campaign to rid society of drugs, crime and corruption."

Duterte's spokesperson Ernesto Abella promised that the Duterte administration would make true of its promise of "safe and comfortable lives" for all the Filipinos, especially now that the people are now beginning to feel secure.

"The Palace welcomes the latest Pulse Asia approval and trust ratings of the President, which stand at 83 percent [each]. We are grateful for this continued show of public support and confidence to the President," Abella said.

"This new year, the administration resolves to deliver his promise of safe and comfortable lives for all," he added.

The survey was conducted during the height of the following controversies: granting of hero's burial for late dictator Ferdinand Marcos; barring Vice President Leni Robredo from attending Cabinet meetings; Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. killing in his detention cell; and the local currency weakening against the American dollar, among others.

Pulse Asia used a ±3 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. Subnational estimates for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao have a ±6 percent error margin at 95 percent confidence level. (Sunnex)