3Q 2018 SWS Survey: Net Trust in Duterte rises to “Very Good”

The Third Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey, conducted from September 15-23, 2018, found 74% adult Filipinos with much trust, 14% undecided, and 12% with little trust in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

With a 5-point increase from the very good +57 in June 2018, this gives a net trust rating of +62 (% much trust minus % little trust), classified by SWS as very good.

In the nine SWS surveys following his inauguration as President, from September 2016 to September 2018, Duterte’s net trust rating was excellent in five and very good in four.

This gives an average net trust rating of very good +68 so far during his presidency.

Malacañang has expressed appreciation for President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s higher net trust rating in the third quarter of 2018.

“We are grateful for our people’s continuing trust in President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, with the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) showing a ‘very good’ trust rating at +62 in his favor,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press statement on Sunday.

In Metro Manila, Duterte’s overall net trust rating rose by 9 points from +42 to +51, while Luzon was up by 10 points from +50 to +60. It stayed at good +49 in the Visayas and stayed “excellent” in Mindanao from +86 to +88.

Panelo viewed the latest SWS survey as a source of inspiration “to continue delivering the President’s promise of genuine and meaningful change in the government and to the nation.”

“It has often been said that the first job of every good leader is to inspire trust, as such is essential to produce positive results,” Panelo said. “We assure everyone that regardless of the ratings, there is no room for complacency in this branch of the government.”

Panelo said the Duterte administration will persevere in implementing “bolder reforms” to make the bureaucracy more efficient and responsive to the needs of the people.

“With the leadership of our President, as well as with the people’s help and cooperation, we will thrive and push the nation forward amid whatever towering challenge we will face,” Panelo said.