Filipinos Back Duterte on COVID Response, Worry About Getting Sick: Survey

Nine in 10 approve of the President's actions.
Photo/s: Presidential Photo

Filipinos support President Rodrigo Duterte's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and are worried at the same time about catching the disease, according to results of a Pulse Aisa survey released Thursday.

Based on a poll of 1,200 adults from Sept. 14 to 20, 92% said they approved of Duterte's actions to prevent the spread of the virus. It also showed that 97% were worried about getting sick with COVID-19.

A Pulse Asia poll during the same period showed that nine in 10 Filipinos approved of the 75-year-old leader's performance and had trust in him.

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Asked about the government as a whole, 84% said they approved of steps to control the spread of the virus while another 84% said they approved of steps to assist those who lost their livelihood to the pandemic.

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