Pinoys' trust in China at record low

Posted at 08/10/12 11:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Over half of Filipino adults have little trust in China, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey published in BusinessWorld.

A May 24-27 survey found 55% of survey respondents saying they had "little trust" in China, versus the 19% who said they had "much trust", for a "bad" net rating of -36.

The record low rating comes amid an ongoing dispute with China over ownership of Scarborough Shoal.

SWS said nearly half, or 48%, of the respondents also claimed to be paying close attention to the row, which started early April when eight Chinese fishing boats were caught at the disputed shoal.

The SWS said the Scarborough Shoal issue was the fourth most followed by respondents during the May poll period, behind the impeachment trial of then Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato C. Corona (54%), the Maguindanao massacre trial (50%) and the Supreme Court decision to distribute Hacienda Luisita to farmers (50%).

It said China’s net trust rating was particularly low among those who were closely monitoring the dispute, at a "very bad" -52, compared to the "bad" -36, -34 and -34, respectively, among those who were following the news "somewhat closely," "just a little" and "not at all."

The May 24-27 survey involved face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. The error margins used were ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages. With a report from BusinessWorld