Filipinos have ‘poor’ trust for China, ‘excellent’ for US — SWS survey
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos’ trust for China is now described as “poor,” while the United States gets “excellent,” the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Friday.
From -6 percent or “neutral” rating in March, Filipinos’ trust rating for China further dropped to -24 percent in June.
It can be noted that the survey was done barely two weeks after the June 9 incident in Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea where a Chinese vessel reportedly hit a Filipino fishing boat, leaving 22 fishermen afloat in the open sea.
Meanwhile, Filipinos gave the US a +73 percent trust rating in the latest survey, an increase from +60 percent net rating during the previous survey.
The June survey showed that 51 percent of Filipinos have “little trust” in China, while 27 percent have “much trust” in China. The remaining 21 percent were undecided.
Meanwhile, 81 percent of Filipinos have “much trust” in the US, while eight percent have “little trust.” Eleven percent remained undecided.
Other countries have ‘good’ ratings
Aside from China and the US, the recent SWS survey also showed how Filipinos trusted other countries such as Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Malaysia.
According to the SWS, Australia and Japan maintained their “good” net trust rating among Filipinos.
Australia earned a +46 percent rating, while Japan’s rating was at +45 percent.
Filipinos’ trust rating in New Zealand and Malaysia both rose to “good” from “poor” and “moderate,” respectively.
New Zealand’s rating was at +38 percent, and Malaysia received a +34 rating for Malaysia.
However, Filipinos’ trust for Canada was now considered “good” from “very good,” as the net trust dipped from +55 percent to +46 percent. The survey, which used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adult, had a margin of error of ±3 percent.
The respondents for the survey were asked 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,’ ‘Napakaliit,’ 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.)
Q120. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OR USA
Q126. NEW ZEALAND
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