Press Release
July 17, 2019

Sotto continues to soar in performance and trust ratings

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III's performance and trust ratings continue to soar as shown in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

Sotto's standing exhibited a +12 percentage increase points as far as public satisfaction on his performance is concerned, based on the survey conducted from June 24 to 30.

The nationwide survey, based on a sample of 1,200 respondents aged 18 years and above, was conducted amid reports on the continued support for his leadership, when 14 of his colleagues signed a resolution expressing support for him as Senate President.

Compared to the research firm's survey released last January, the Senate chief's current trust rating is higher by seven percentage points as he then posted 66 percent while his approval rating was at 74 percent or 3 percent lower than last month's survey.

Among the top government officials, most Filipino adults are appreciate of the performance of the three highest officials - President Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo and the Senate President Sotto.

The three leaders are also the ones who are being trusted by most Filipino adults.

Both Duterte and Sotto, the survey said, posted the lowest indecision and disapproval figures.

The undecided among the respondents were only 11 percent for Duterte and 16 percent for Sotto while their disapproval ratings were at 3percent and 7 percent respectively.

"Approval is the predominant opinion as regards the work of Pres. Duterte and Senate President Sotto across geographic areas (81% to 91% and 67% to 87% respectively)," it said.

While the President's performance and trust ratings appeared unchanged between March and June, in the case of the Senate leader, both ratings increased by 12 percent and registered a decline in indecision ratings insofar as work and trustworthiness are concerned.

Sotto's trust and approval ratings were gaining momentum in different geographic and socio-economic classes.

He enjoyed a +22 and +24 percentage point increase in approval and trust in the rest of Luzon; +13 and +14 percentage points among those in Class D.

In addition, ambivalence towards his work and trustworthiness eased in the rest of Luzon (-18 and -21 percentage points respectively) and Class D (-12 and -13 percent points, respectively).

The latest Pulse Asia survey has a ± 2.8% error margin at the 95% confidence level while the subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95% confidence level: ± 5.7% for Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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