MANILA: The recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that Filipinos have poor trust in China, the country’s leading rival over the territories in the South China Sea.
The June 24-27 poll results released Monday by the SWS showed 51 percent of Filipinos have “little trust” and 27 percent have “much trust” in China, while 19 percent were undecided. This garnered China a net trust rating of -24 percent, which is classified as “poor” by the independent pollster.
The net trust rating is the difference between those who have “little” and those who “much” trust in China. A net rating of +70 percent and above in a public trust survey is classified as “excellent” while a +9 percent to -9 percent is considered “neutral” while a -10 percent to -29 percent is “poor,” according to SWS standards.
The survey, which polled 1,200 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points, was conducted about two weeks before the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague ruled on July 12 in favor of the Philippines against China. The ruling junked China’s “nine-dash line” claim over most of the South China Sea.
The survey results, however, showed an improvement over from the -45 percent net trust rating of China in June 2015 and -46 percent in September that year, when reports and images of Chinese island building in the South China Sea areas also claimed by the Philippines were widely reported in the media.
The June survey was part of SWS’s public trust survey in which President Rodrigo Duterte obtained a +84 percent, or excellent, trust rating.