SWS: US trust rating ‘very good’, China ‘neutral’
MANILA, Philippines — The United States has maintained its “very good” net trust rating among Filipinos while China’s rating remains “neutral,” the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The survey, which was released on Tuesday, revealed a +60 net trust rating for the United States and a -6 net trust rating for China.
The pollster said that the United States’ rating was similar to its previous one in December 2018 while the rating for China was up by a point.
According to the SWS, the United States’ rating “has been positive since SWS first surveyed it in December 1994.”
Its score ranged from a moderate +18 in May 2005 to as high as excellent +82 in December 2013, the SWS noted.
“It has been at +60 and above in six out of seven surveys since June 2017,” the pollster added.
For China, the SWS said its rating “has been positive in only 9 out of 49 surveys since SWS first surveyed it in August 1994.”
“It reached as high as moderate +17 in June 2010 and as low as a bad -46 in September 2015,” the SWS added.
‘Good’ for Japan, Australia
Meanwhile, the survey results showed that Japan and Australia maintained its “good” net trust rating among Filipinos.
According to the SWS, Japan’s rating was at +34 while the rating for Australia was at +33.
The survey was conducted from March 28-31, 2019, using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults (18 years old and above).
The survey had 360 respondents each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao and sampling error margins of ±2.6 percent for national percentages, and ±5 percent each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
The SWS said it asked respondents this question:
“Pag-usapan po natin ang tungkol sa ilang bansa. Sa mga sumusunod, maaari po bang sabihin ninyo kung ang pagtitiwala ninyo sa (bansa) ay: Napakalaki; medyo malaki; hindi tiyak kung malaki o maliit; medyo maliit; apakaliit; o wala pa kayong narinig o nabasa kahit na kailan tungkol sa (bansa)? Pakisabi ang sagot ninyo sa pamamagitan ng paglagay ng mga kard sa naaangkop na lugar sa rating board na ito.
(Let’s now talk about some countries. For the following, please indicate if your trust/faith in (country) is: Very much; somewhat much; undecided if much or little; somewhat little; very little; or you have not heard or read anything about the (country) ever? You may indicate your answers by placing each card on the appropriate box on this rating board. /gsg
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