Koko, Sotto say Duterte's: High scores in Pulse Asia survey more credible, compared to SWS

October 13, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte's allies in the Senate believe that the Pulse Asia survey showing high approval and trust ratings is a more "accurate" picture of the public's support for Duterte.

Duterte maintained "big majority" approval and trust ratings, both at 80 percent, according to a Pulse Asia survey conducted from September 24 to 30.

"I believe that is accurate. I can also feel the support for the President spontaneously from the people I meet," Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said in a text message to reporters.

Pimentel is the president of administration party PDP-Laban.

Majority Leader Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said the Pulse Asia survey is more credible compared to the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll, which saw Duterte's net satisfaction rating drop by 18 points, from +66 in June 2017 to +48.

The SWS survey also said that Duterte's net trust rating went down by 15 points from +75 or "excellent" the previous quarter to +60 or "very good."

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, for his part, said "all studies should be analyzed carefully."

"[Surveys] should be used to attune the policies and programs to the needs of our people. The basic problems such as poverty and impunity still persists in our society," Gatchalian said.



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