Posted to the Social Weather Stations Website (Jun 23): March 30-April 2, 2016 Social Weather Survey: Record-high Very Good net trust ratings for AFP and PNP
The First Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey, conducted from March 30-April 2, 2016, found 75% of adult Filipinos with much trust and 9% with little trust in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and 69% with much trust and 14% with little trust in the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The resulting net trust rating scores (% much trust minus % little trust) were a record-high very good +66 for the AFP, and a record-high very good +55 for the PNP [Chart 1].
The SWS terminology for Net Trust Ratings: +70 and above, "excellent"; +50 to +69, "very good"; +30 to +49, "good"; +10 to +29, "moderate", +9 to -9, "neutral"; -10 to -29, "poor"; -30 to -49, "bad"; -50 to -69, "very bad"; -70 and below, "execrable".
Generally high public trust in the AFP and PNP
Net public trust in the AFP was a good +48 when first surveyed by SWS in September 1988. It rose to a very good +53 in December 2000 and went to moderate to good levels from September 2003 to March 2006, ranging from +12 to +32 [Table 1].
It rose to a very good +57 in February 2010, and fell slightly to a good +49 in May 2012. It rose to a very good +64 in March 2014 and to a record-high very good +66 in March 2016.
SWS first surveyed public trust in the PNP in December 2000, and found a good net trust rating of +42. It went to moderate levels from September 2001 to March 2005, ranging from +12 to +20 [Table 2].
It rose to very good +52 in February 2010 and a good +45 in March 2014 before reaching a record-high very good +55 in March 2016.
Higher net public trust in AFP and PNP outside Metro Manila
The April 2016 survey found public trust in the AFP and PNP to be higher outside Metro Manila.
The net trust rating of the AFP was highest in the Visayas at an excellent +70, followed by Mindanao and Balance Luzon, both at a very good +69, and Metro Manila at a good +47 [Chart 2].
The net trust rating of the PNP was highest in Mindanao at a very good +62, followed by Balance Luzon at a very good +59, Visayas at a very good +58, and Metro Manila at a moderate +29
Higher net public trust in rural areas than urban areas
Net public trust in both the AFP and PNP was higher in rural areas compared to urban areas.
The net trust rating of the AFP was an excellent +70 in rural areas, 10 points above the very good +60 in urban areas [Chart 4].
For the PNP, net public trust was a very good +65 in rural areas, 23 points above the good +42 in urban areas [Chart 5].
Higher net public trust among the lower classes
The April 2016 survey found public trust for both the AFP and PNP to be higher among the lower classes.
The net trust rating of the AFP was highest among class E at an excellent +70, followed by class D at a very good +66, and class ABC at a good +43 [Chart 6].
The net trust rating of the PNP was highest among class E at a very good +64, followed by class D at a very good +54, and class ABC at a good +45 [Chart 7].
Net trust in AFP Excellent in Other religions, Very Good among Catholics and INCs, Good among Muslims; Net trust in PNP Very Good among Catholics and Others, Good among Muslims and INCs
The net trust rating of the AFP was highest among those in religions other than Catholicism, Islam, and Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), at an excellent +70, followed by Roman Catholics at a very good +68, INCs at a very good +51, and Muslims at a good +35.
On the other hand, net public trust in the PNP was highest among Roman Catholics, at a very good +57, followed by Others at a very good +54, Muslims at a good +49, and INCs at a good +47.
The April 2016 Social Weather Survey was conducted from March 30-April 2, 2016 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao (sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).
The area estimates were weighted by Philippine Statistics Authority medium-population projections for 2016 to obtain the national estimates.
The Social Weather Survey items on public trust in selected organizations are non-commissioned. These items were included on SWS's own initiative and released as a public service. The specific organizations included in the surveys are based on their relevance to national affairs.
The exact questions on public trust in selected organizations are as follows: "PAG-USAPAN PO NATIN ANG TUNGKOL SA ILANG ORGANISASYON. SA MGA SUMUSUNOD, MAAARI PO BANG SABIHIN NINYO KUNG ANG PAGTITIWALA NINYO SA (NAME OF ORGANIZATION) 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 (NAME OF ORGANIZATION)? 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 organizations. For the following, please indicate if your trust/faith in (NAME OF ORGANIZATION) is VERY MUCH, SOMEWHAT MUCH, UNDECIDED IF MUCH OR LITTLE, SOMEWHAT LITTLE, VERY LITTLE, or YOU HAVE NOT HEARD OR READ ANYTHING ABOUT THE (NAME OF ORGANIZATION) ever? You may indicate your answers by placing each card on the appropriate box on this rating board.]"
SWS employs its own staff for questionnaire design, sampling, fieldwork, data-processing, and analysis, and does not outsource any of its survey operations.