President Rodrigo Duterte is set to leave office as the most popular president of the post-EDSA I era according to the latest PUBLiCUS survey.
75 percent of respondents to the PAHAYAG Second Quarter Survey (PQ2 2022), conducted by PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. from June 16-22, 2022, said they approve or strongly approve of Duterte’s job performance during his six-year term. 10 percent said they disapprove or strongly disapprove of the President’s performance since 2016.
Meanwhile, 69% of respondents rated their trust in Duterte as high or very high. Only 11% said they put little or no trust in Duterte.
“Our numbers indicate that President Rodrigo Duterte will leave office as the most popular president of the post-EDSA I era. No other president who served under the 1987 Constitution has ended his or her term with majority approval and trust ratings, much less a supermajority of public support,” said Atty. Aureli Sinsuat, Executive Director of PUBLiCUS.
Duterte administration most impactful
Respondents to PQ2 2022 were also asked to rate the overall impact of each post-EDSA I administration on the development of the Philippines. 75 percent of respondents said the overall impact of the Duterte administration on national development was slightly or very positive – identical to the outgoing president’s total approval rating.
The second-highest positive impact rating among post-EDSA I administrations was notched by Duterte’s predecessor, the late President Benigno S. “PNoy” Aquino III. 27 percent of respondents said the Aquino III administration had a positive impact on the development of the Philippines.
The Ramos, Macapagal-Arroyo, Corazon Aquino, and Estrada administrations recorded positive impact ratings of 24%, 22%, 20%, and 14%, respectively.
“The data suggest that public sentiment on the policy achievements of the Duterte administration is exceptionally positive, especially in comparison to previous administrations,” Sinsuat said.
“Based on our numbers, we can expect President Duterte to retain an unprecedented amount of political capital for a former president when he leaves Malacañang on June 30. When private citizen Duterte speaks up on the issues, many will listen. When he endorses a candidate, many will vote for them,” Sinsuat added.
The 1,500 registered Filipino voter respondents who participated in the survey were randomly sampled by PureSpectrum, a US-based panel marketplace with multinational presence, from their national panel of more than 200,000 Filipinos. The sample-wide margin of error is +/- 3%.
Note from PureSpectrum: “Samples provided by PureSpectrum are not affiliated with any bias or political party. All opinions voiced in the interpretation and analyses of the data are those of the writer and/or project sponsor.”