Around eight out of every 10 Filipinos approve of the current administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey.

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In the nationwide survey conducted from September 14 to 20, 2020 among 1,200 respondents,  84 percent have a positive opinion about the work done by the Duterte administration to control the spread of COVID-19. 

Pulse Asia said that at the national level, the Duterte administration registers single-digit disapproval ratings in terms of its initiatives to control the spread of the COVID-19, at six percent, and to help Filipinos who lost their sources of income due to the pandemic at seven percent. 

Meanwhile, indecision concerning the administration’s handling of these issues is expressed by 10 percent and 9 percent of Filipinos, respectively. The figures recorded across geographic areas and socio-economic groupings do not differ significantly from the national ratings.

On the other hand, for 92 percent of Filipinos, President Duterte has done well in terms of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the country. 

More specifically, 62 percent of Filipinos truly approve of the presidential performance as far as this issue is concerned while 30 percent somewhat approve of the same. The rest of Filipinos either disapprove of the President’s performance at three percent or express indecision on the matter at five percent. 

Across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, President Duterte posts huge majority approval ratings (87 percent to 98 percent and 78 percent to 95 percent, respectively). More specifically, most Filipinos across these subgroupings are truly appreciative of the President’s work in the area of preventing the spread of COVID-19 (54 percent to 79 percent and 52 percent for 64 percent, respectively). 

Aside from controlling the spread of the virus, Filipinos also have a positive opinion in the administration’s effort in providing assistance to those who lost their livelihood or job due to the pandemic. 

Pulse Asia said that in particular, small majorities of Filipinos somewhat approve of the performance of the present dispensation as far as the issues are concerned (51 percent and 53 percent, respectively). 

It added that approval is the majority sentiment across geographic areas (78 percent to 86 percent and 75 percent to 91 percent, respectively) and socio-economic classes (84 percent to 85 percent and 74 percent to 91 percent, respectively). 

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