Filipinos trust US the most: Pulse Asia survey

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A US air force personnel looks at a Philippine flag patch he exchanged with his Philippine counterpart. Filipinos trust the US most, according to a recent survey.
A US air force personnel looks at a Philippine flag patch he exchanged with his Philippine counterpart after the closing ceremony of the annual joint US-Philippines military exercise in Manila on May 19, 2017. A recent survey found that Filipinos trust the United States most. (Photo: TED ALJIBE/AFP via Getty Images)

A Pulse Asia survey released on Friday (July 29) said that an overwhelming number of Filipinos trust the United States (US), and are generally distrustful of China and Russia.

The survey, conducted last June and participated by 1,200 adults, asked how much trust the country should extend to a total of 10 countries.

A total of 31% of the respondents said that we must have a “great deal of trust” to the US, and 58% said that it should be regarded with a “fair amount of trust,” giving the Philippines’ longest military ally an 89% trust rating.

The results of the survey also found that Filipinos felt the Philippines should extend a “fair amount of trust” to Australia (79%), Japan (78%), Germany (69%), South Korea (65%), United Kingdom (64%), Indonesia (60%), and India (51%).

Meanwhile, Russia and China record a low trust rating at 38% and 33%, respectively, with some 36% of Filipino respondents saying that the country should regard “not too much trust” on China, with 31% saying that there should be “no trust at all.”

With this, China has a 67% distrust rating among Filipinos, and Russia recording a 62%.

“For the most part, public opinion on the matter is essentially constant between September 2019 and June 2022,” Pulse Asia said.

The interview reported a margin of error of ±2.8% and 95% confidence level.

On August 6, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit the Philippines to meet with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo.

They are expected to discuss, among many others, the long-standing US-PH military and economic alliance, and increased cooperation between the two countries on key issues such as energy, trade, and pandemic recovery, according to a DFA advisory.

Blinken will arrive in Manila from Cambodia, his first stop in a 10-day trip to several countries from August 2 to 11.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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