A communications consultancy group recently announced a consistently high trust rating of the Office of the President (OP) from 2017 to present.
The EON Group, which launched its sixth iteration of the Philippine Trust Index (PTI) 2019 on September 9, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila, said extreme “trust in the OP increased by 4 percent point (pp), compared with the overall trust rating of the government, which fell by 4pp since 2017”.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Assistant Secretary Mon Cualoping III, who stood as one of the panelists, said the data has only validated what the PCOO already knew since 2016 — that President Rodrigo Duterte is the most popular and trusted president.
“Trust level towards the president is skyrocketing. He is about strong political will. He espoused the change that the public has been clamoring since the People Power of 1986,” Cualoping said.
At the same time, the survey also showed that all government sub-institutions, aside from the OP, that earned 82pp in 2017 and 83pp this year, experienced a decline in trust levels such as the Office of the Vice President (OVP).
The OVP bore the most significant downturn of about 16pp — from 61 percent in 2017, it dropped to 45 percent in 2019.
The Senate earned 80pp in 2017 while it fell to 76pp in 2019; the House of Representatives was at 67pp in 2017 and it dropped with only 54pp this year.
The Supreme Court, on the other hand, maintained its 67pp two years ago. The Regional Trial Court dropped to 1pp from its 67pp in 2017.
“We hope that through the PTI, we can all get a glimpse of a snapshot of our people’s wealth of trust and that we are all provoked to ask the right questions moving forward,” said Junie del Mundo, co-founder, and chief executive of the EON Group.
The data was based on 1,476 collected responses from randomly selected households across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with a sampling error of +/-2.8 at a 95 percent confidence level.
EON Group’s PTI 2019 aims to provide honest and useful feedback of the country’s six key institutions — government, academe, church, business, non-government organization, and media.
It is a fully integrated communications consultancy with expertise in consumer and corporate public relations; reputation management and public affairs; digital and creative technology; and experiential marketing. (Christine Cudis, Philippine News Agency)