Approval rating of Marcos, Duterte drops in September – survey

The approval ratings of both President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte declined in the third quarter of 2023, as revealed by a Pulse Asia survey released on Monday.

According to the survey, Marcos’ approval rating dropped from 80% in June to 65% in September.


Similarly, Duterte’s approval rating decreased from 84% in June to 73% in September.

“Although the President and the Vice-President continue to enjoy majority approval scores at the national level and across geographic areas and socio-economic classes, both experience significant erosions in their respective approval ratings during the period June 2023 to September 2023,” the Pulse Asia said.

The survey indicates that Marcos’ approval ratings saw a decline not only at the national level, where it decreased by 15 percentage points but also in all regions and socioeconomic classes, with drops ranging from 14 to 15 percentage points in regions and 12 to 29 percentage points across different socioeconomic classes.


As for Duterte, her approval ratings also experienced a decline, with a drop of 11 percentage points at the national level. The decrease was even more pronounced in specific regions and socioeconomic classes: Metro Manila (-12 percentage points), the rest of Luzon (-13 percentage points), Class ABC (-18 percentage points), and Class D (-11 percentage points).

Approval rating of Marcos, Duterte drops in September – survey

Furthermore, other prominent government officials received the following approval ratings in the survey: Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri at 50%, Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez at 41%, and Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo at 34%.

The survey conducted by Pulse Asia also reported a decrease in the trust ratings of both Marcos and Duterte in September 2023. Marcos’s trust rating stood at 71%, while Duterte’s was 75%.


In June, Marcos held a trust rating of 85%, while Duterte had a trust rating of 87%.

Other government officials received the following trust ratings: Zubiri at 49%, Romualdez at 38%, and Gesmundo at 33%.

The survey was conducted from September 10 to 14 and involved 1,200 respondents with a margin of error of approximately ±2.8 percent.

During the period leading up to and during the survey, one of the key developments was the congressional deliberations concerning the P5.7-trillion national budget for 2024. Notably, the House Appropriations Committee approved the allocation of P4.8 billion for confidential and intelligence funds requested by various government entities, including the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-President, and the Department of Education.

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