Philippines' Duterte rebounds with 'excellent' trust score in new survey

From Reuters - January 11, 2018

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes trust rating bounced back to excellent in December from very high three months before, with four of every five adult Filipinos giving him the highest score in a survey that focused on his personality.

Dutertes trust rating in pollster Social Weather Stations(SWS) quarterly surveys had been excellent from the time he took power in June 2016 until June last year, before it dipped in the third quarter, raising questions about whether he might be starting to lose his almost rock-star appeal.

Although that rating was still high, the size of the fall - 18 points - was notable for a former southern mayor who is regarded by millions of working class Filipinos as the best hope for long overdue change after a succession of Manila-centric leaders who failed to deliver.

But Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the latest survey showed the public recognized that Duterte was exercising political will to address security and crime problems and ensure sustained economic growth.


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