SWS: Duterte keeps 'very good' grade but slurs worry Pinoys

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2016 11:26 AM | Updated as of Dec 15 2016 04:19 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is seen during a visit to a military camp in San Miguel, Tarlac Sunday. Czar Dancel, Reuters

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's net public satisfaction rating remained "very good" in the last quarter of 2016 but his harsh rhetoric towards foreign allies have sparked concern among majority of Filipinos, a Social Weather Stations survey released Tuesday showed.

Of 1,500 respondents questioned between December 3 and 6, 77 percent were satisfied with the Duterte government's general performance, 10 percent were undecided and 13 percent were dissatisfied. 

This yielded a +63 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." 

Duterte's new satisfaction rating was down by 3 points from the +66 marks he got in his first 100 days in office.

cross geographical areas, Duterte's satisfaction score suffered significantly in Mindanao, shedding 11 points from +85 to +74. 

The President's Mindanao rating, however, remained "excellent" and the best reading among geographical locations. 

Readings stayed "very good" elsewhere: +62 in Visayas, +60 in Balance Luzon and +59 in Metro Manila. 

DUTERTE RANTS

The poll also found that 51% of respondents believe that Duterte’s habitual tirades against foreign officials could harm the Philippines’ international standing.

Meanwhile, 33% disagreed with the statement while 17% were undecided, yielding a "moderate" net agreement score of +18 (percentage of agree minus percentage of disagree).

Duterte has repeatedly told off the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and human rights monitors for raising concern over the thousands of deaths linked to his anti-crime drive.

Mindanaoans are most concerned about Duterte's volatile language, posting a "strong" +25 agreement that it can harm relations with other countries.

Balance Luzon tallied a "moderate" +18; Metro Manila, a "moderate" +18 and Visayas, a "moderate" +12.

SWS classifies net agreement scores of +50 and above as "very strong," +30 to +49 as "strong," +10 to +29 as "moderate," +9 to -9 as "neutral," -10 to -29 as "poor," -30 to -49 as "weak", and below -50 as "very weak."

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

ABS-CBN News is still seeking Malacañang's comment on the poll results.

Duterte has repeatedly told off the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and human rights monitors for raising concern over the thousands of deaths linked to his anti-crime drive.

DUTERTE REMARKS 'NOT PERSONAL' 

Malacañang, meanwhile, urged the public not to consider Duterte's expletive-laden remarks as personal attacks. 

"We thought of three scenes for the mannequin challenge: war, training and wacky scenes. We thought of putting a wacky scene in the end because soldiers are always shown as being serious, not smiling. They can be fun too," he said.

Andanar added that the President is grateful to Filipinos for giving him two consecutive "very good" ratings. 

"The continuous strong support for the President and his administration will serve as an inspiration for him to redouble his energy to be true to his oath of office and fulfill his promise of getting rid of drugs, crime and corruption in our society," the Palace official said. 

He also called on Filipinos to continue supporting the President as he addresses the country's various problems because "unity and firm resolve are what we need to move forward as a nation."