Poll: Majority of Filipinos trust US, Japan

DESPITE President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades against the United States (US), majority of Filipinos still conferred their highest trust on the world's superpower, according to the survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

The survey, conducted from December 6 to 11, showed that 76 percent of the respondents trust the US, a long-time ally of the Philippines.

Twenty-four percent have a “great deal of trust,” while 52 percent have a “fair amount of trust.”

Pulse Asia said only 23 percent do not trust the US, 21 percent of which have “not too much trust,” while two percent have “no trust at all.” One percent was undecided whether they trust America or not.

President Rodrigo Duterte has castigated the global superpower over the criticisms he received from then President Barack Obama on his deadly crackdown on illegal drugs, which resulted in the rising number of deaths of suspected drug personalities.

He also repeatedly challenged the US to withdraw its assistance to the Philippines, noting that his administration could rely on China and Russia.

The Pulse Asia survey, however, showed that China and Russia were listed as the least countries the Filipino people trust, both garnering 38 percent of trust scores.

Seven percent have a “great deal of trust” with China, while 30 percent have a “fair amount of trust.”

The survey found that 61 percent had no trust at China, with 39 percent having “not too much trust” and 22 percent having “no trust at all.”

On the other hand, five percent of the respondents have a “great deal of trust” with Russia, while 33 percent have a “fair amount of trust.”

Fifty-eight percent do not trust Russia. Pulse Asia said 44 said have “not too much trust”, while 17 percent have “no trust at all.”

Next to the US that Filipinos trust is Japan, registering a 70 percent of trust rating (17 percent with “great deal of trust,” 53 percent with a “fair amount of trust”). Twenty-nine percent do not trust Japan (24 percent have “not too much trust,” five percent have “no trust at all”).

Great Britain was third on the list of trusted countries, with 39 percent of trust score (five percent with a “great deal of trust,” 34 percent with a “fair amount of trust).

However, 55 percent of Filipinos do not trust Great Britain (42 percent have “not too much trust,” 13 percent have “no trust at all”).

Pulse Asia also showed that 74 percent of Filipinos still trust the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU).

The EU, on the other hand, had a trust rating of 93 percent.

Duterte has also launched tirades against the UN and EU over their opposition on his anti-illegal drug war.

Despite this, only 21 percent have no trust with the UN, while 39 percent do not trust the EU.

The Pulse Asia survey interviewed 1,200 respondents. (SunStar Philippines)

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