A survey of Filipinos has found that Uncle Sam remains a popular figure, with the USA named as the most trusted foreign nation.
Filipinos were asked to rate 14 countries in the fourth quarter of 2017 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The results showed that just three countries received “very good” net trust (percentage ‘much trust’ minus percentage ‘little trust’). The findings were “moderate” for six countries, “neutral” for four countries and “poor” for one country.
The three very trusted nations were the United States at +68, Canada at +55 and Japan at +54.
Moderate net trust ratings were recorded for Singapore at +29, Malaysia at +20, Thailand at +19, Indonesia at +18, Brunei at +16 and Vietnam at +13.
It found neutral net trust ratings for Myanmar at +8, Cambodia at +7, China at +7, and Laos at +3, with a poor rating of -19 for North Korea.
Despite frequent anti-American tirades by President Duterte, the net trust rating actually improved for the US — up eight points up from +60 last September.
It has remained positive since SWS first surveyed it in December 1994, ranging from a moderate +18 in May 2005 to as high as +82 in December 2013.
It rose from good to very good for Canada, which was up 14 points up on the +41 when it was first rated in September 2015.
It rose to a record high for Japan, eight points up from +46 recorded in June 2017. In the past its rating has been as low as -2.
Net trust rose by two grades from poor to moderate for Singapore, another record-high of +29, 50 points up from -21 in June 1997.
Trust also rose for Malaysia, to a record-high of +20, 21 points up from the -1 in September 2015.
For Thailand it was yet another record-high of +19, 19 points up from zero in November 2014.
Likewise Indonesia saw a record high of +18, 22 points up from the -4 in August 2012.
It rose from poor to moderate for Vietnam, a record high of +13, up 27 points from -14 in September 2015.