President Rodrigo Duterte garnered a trust rating of 91 percent in a Pulse Asia survey conducted from September 14 to 20, rising from 83 percent in December.
This, amid the COVID-19 crisis in the country with 43,642 active cases, 273,079 recoveries, and 5,776 deaths as of Sunday, October 4.
A total of 1,200 adults took part in the study, which has a +/- 2.8 percent error margin at 95 percent confidence level.
Following Duterte in the category are Senate President Vicente Sotto III with 79 percent, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano with 67 percent, Vice President Leni Robredo with 50 percent, and Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta with 39 percent.
“Levels of distrust in these government officials range from 3 percent for President Duterte to 22 percent for Vice President Robredo,” according to the public opinion polling body. “Indecision toward the trustworthiness of these entities range from 6 percent for the President to 42 percent for the Supreme Court Chief Justice.”
Pulse Asia also saw a 4 percent increase in President Duterte's approval rating, which went up to 91 percent from 87 percent in December last year. Vice President Robredo, meanwhile, received a 57 percent approval rating from the participants.
In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque called on VP Robredo, who earlier criticized the government's COVID-19 response, to stop "politicking."
"Madam VP, mukhang tama ang aking sinabi: ayaw yata ng Pilipino na namumulitika sa panahon ng pandemya," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. "Subukan po nating itigil ang pulitika, baka po tumaas nang mataas sa 50 percent ang trust rating at mataas pa po sa 57 percent ang performance rating."
Robredo's camp has yet to issue a statement regarding this matter.
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