US remains ‘most trusted’ among 6 countries surveyed, China last

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:54:59 +0000

MAJORITY of Filipinos trusted the US the most among six countries surveyed while China was the least trusted, according to Pulse Asia.

The survey, taken from December 14 to 21, 2018 and using face-to-face interviews with 1,800 Filipinos aged 18 years old and above, found that 84 percent trusted America — an increase of five percentage points from the 79 percent garnered in March 2017.

Japan followed with a trust rating of 75 percent, equal to its March 2017 rating.

Australia came in third with a trust rating of 72 percent, three percent higher than the March 2017 figure.

Coming in fourth in the survey is Great Britain with a trust rating of 57 percent, four percentage points higher than its March 2017 figure.

Russia followed with 45 percent, three percentage points higher than its previous rating.

China, who is embroiled in a territorial dispute with several East Asian countries, came in last with just 39 percent, but it was a two percent raise from the previous period.

About 54 percent and 60 percent of Filipinos said that the Philippines should extend only a little or no trust at all to Russia and China, respectively.

Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said that it was only normal for America to be trusted by more Filipinos, given the long-standing partnership of the Philippines with the country.

“It’s understandable to feel that way because it is as of now. We are used to the States being our ally, we are more used to America,” Panelo said.

“Maybe, as we go along and we see the sincerity of China with respect to the agreements between the two countries, then maybe their stance will change,” Panelo said.

The spokesman also said that the survey result did not reflect Duterte’s influence in persuading people.

“It takes some time for people to accept certain changes that they are not used to it,” he said.

The same survey found out that more Filipinos trusted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) more than the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Eighty-two percent (82) percent of Filipinos said they trusted Asean, while only 80 percent said they trusted Apec (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.)

The survey has a +2.3% error margin at the 95 percent confidence level.

Subnational estimates for the geographic areas covered in the survey have the following error margins at 95 percent confidence level: +6.5 percent for Metro Manila. RALPH VILLANUEVA


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