Duterte gov't keeps 'very good' marks: SWS

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Posted at Jan 10 2017 11:29 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte holds his first Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room of the Malacañan Palace. Malacanang News and Information Bureau

MANILA - Six months into the six-year term of President Rodrigo Duterte, his administration maintained a "very good" net satisfaction rating among Filipinos despite a drop in his scores in Metro Manila and among the "masa," according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

Of 1,500 respondents surveyed from December 3 to 6, 73
percent were satisfied with the national government's general performance, 12 percent were undecided and 15 percent were dissatisfied.

This yielded a +61 net satisfaction rating which is the difference between the percentage of satisfied and dissatisfied respondents. In the SWS scale, a score of at least 50 qualifies as "very good" while ratings 70 above are "excellent."

The administration's current rating is five points lower than its +66 maiden satisfaction marks last September.

GEOGRAPHIC, SOCIOECONOMIC BREAKDOWN

Across geographic areas, the Duterte government's satisfaction mark stayed "excellent" in his bailiwick in Mindanao, at +78, although this was three points down from his record-high "excellent" +81 in September.

SWS also noted a bigger, 13-point drop in the satisfaction rating of the administration in Metro Manila, where it plunged to +53 from a previous +66.

Ratings stayed "very good" in the Visayas at +58 and in "Balance Luzon" at +56, both down 4 points from September scores.

Satisfaction with the government stayed "very good" across socioeconomic classes.

It did not move from +62 for the poorest class "E" and +55 for richest class "ABC", but dropped seven points down to +61 among respondents from the "masa" or class "D."

'VERY GOOD' IN HUMAN RIGHTS, 'GOOD' VS TERRORISM

The same survey found that the Duterte administration bagged "very good" marks in the following areas:

- helping the poor, +66;
- promoting human rights, +56;
- defending the country’s territorial rights, +54;
- providing jobs, +51;
- fighting crimes, +50; and
- developing science and technology, +50.

The administration's also got "good" scores for ensuring an efficient transportation system, foreign relations, eradicating graft and corruption, fighting terrorism, ensuring that no family will ever be hungry, reconciliation with Muslim rebels and communists, and addressing extra judicial killings.

First published on the BusinessWorld, the survey has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, ±4 for Balance Luzon, as well as ±6 points each for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao.