MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - President Rodrigo Duterte's performance and trust ratings dropped in the first quarter of 2017, an opinion poll conducted last month shows.
Duterte's performance rating slipped by five percentage points to 78 per cent in March from the 83 per cent he obtained in December last year, according to the latest poll released by Pulse Asia Wednesday.
The President's trust rating, meanwhile, slid by seven percentage points to 76 percent in the latest period from the 83 per cent recorded in December 2016, which the survey firm called as "the only significant movement occurring at this time."
The survey, conducted from March 15 to 20 among 1,200 adult respondents, has a 3 per cent error margin at the 95 per cent confidence level.
Duterte got the highest ratings both in performance and trustworthiness in Mindanao (88 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively) and the lowest scores in the rest of Luzon (71 per cent and 67 percent, respectively).
National issues in the weeks leading up to the survey period include the filing of an impeachment complaint against him by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, the testimony of confessed "Davao Death Squad" hit man Arturo Lascañas in the Senate, the investigation into the murder of South Korean businessman Joo Jee Ick, the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels, the approval of the death penalty at the House of Representatives, and the controversy surrounding the presence of Chinese vessels in Benham Rise.