A RECENT survey by the University of Mindanao-Institute of Popular Opinion (UM-IPO) showed that Dabawenyos have high trust in President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte.

The survey, conducted from June 22 to July 1, showed that 64.3 percent of the Dabawenyos have much trust in President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., 21 percent with slight trust, and 14.8 percent with no trust. His net trust is at 49.5 percent.

Duterte's net trust is slightly higher with 78.1 percent, comprising 81 percent of the Dabawenyos saying they have much trust in her, 8.1 percent with slight trust, and 2.9 percent saying they have no trust in the former local chief executive of Davao.

The survey comes in anticipation of the incoming administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice-President Sara Duterte, alongside members of the Upper and Lower Houses of the 19th Congress as national leaders, and the incoming administration of Mayor Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, together with the elected District Representatives.

Newly installed Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri attained a net trust rating of 16.7 percent, with 33.8 percent of Dabawenyos placing much trust with the senator, 49 percent with slight trust, and 17.1 percent with no trust. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo has a net trust of 19.5 percent, with 34.3 percent of the respondents expressing much trust, 51 percent with slight trust, and 14.8 with no trust.

Trust rating for senators

Dabawenyos were also asked about the trust they have for the members of the Senate, both in the 2019 and 2022 elections.

Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go topped the list as the most trusted senior member of the Senate, with a net trust rating of 56.7 percent, followed by Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa with 50 percent net trust rating, and Imee Marcos (38.6 percent).

The three were followed in the order of net trust rating: Pia Cayetano (22.9 percent), Francis Tolentino (16.7 percent), Grace Poe (15.7 percent), and Sonny Angara (13.8 percent). Cynthia Villar, the highest voted senator in the May 2016 elections, gained a net trust rating of 2.4 percent, with 26.7 percent of Dabawenyos expressing much trust, 49 percent slight trust, and 24.3 percent saying they have no trust in the Senator.

Meanwhile, four senators garnered negative net trust ratings. Bong Revilla was revealed to be the least trusted senator (net trust rating of -37.2 percent), followed by Lito Lapid (net trust rating of -21.4 percent), Nancy Binay (net trust rating of -18.6 percent), and Koko Pimentel (net trust rating of -17.2 percent).

Of those who were recently elected to the Senate, Loren Legarda most trustworthy senator with net trust rating of 50 percent) followed by Mark Villar (47.1 percent), Robin Padilla (35.8% percent), Win Gatchalian (29.5 percent), and Chiz Escudero (24.3 percent). Following them are Senators Joel Villanueva (17.6 percent) and Raffy Tulfo (12.9 percent). Four other newly elected members of the Senate, however, garnered negative net trust ratings: JV Ejercito (-1.9 percent), Alan Peter Cayetano (-2.8% percent), Jinggoy Estrada (-23.8 percent), and Risa Hontiveros (-29.5 percent). The last two senators were also the least trusted new senators in the roster, with 38.6 percent of Dabawenyos expressing no trust for Estrada and 55.7 percent expressing the same for Hontiveros.

Trust rating for Davao City leaders

Dabawenyos were also asked about their trust in Davao City’s local leaders, where Baste garnered a 59.6 percent net trust rating while Vice-Mayor J. Melchor Quitain Jr. garnered 44.1 percent net trust rating.

District representatives also posted positive net trust ratings: 43.3 percent net trust rating for First District Representative Paolo Duterte, and 45.4 percent net trust rating for Third District Representative Isidro Ungab. Second District Representative Vincent Garcia got the least net trust rating with 25 percent.

"The survey targeted 1,200 Dabawenyos from the three political districts in Davao City. The survey was done online and set to target respondents in random based on predefined criteria. Sampling was set at 95% confidence level and 2.5% margin of error," UM-IPO said in a press release. RGL