Duterte: I do not care
MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte recorded his lowest net satisfaction rating of "good" from "very good" in the second quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Tuesday.
The survey, conducted from June 27 to 30, found that 65 percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with Duterte's performance, five points lower from his March 2018 gross satisfaction rating of 70 percent.
This is equivalent to a +45 net satisfaction rating from Duterte's +56 rating last March—a new personal low for the President, SWS said.
The 11-point decline lowers Duterte's net satisfaction rating by a grade from "very good" to "good," and surpasses his previous personal low of "good" +48 in September last year.
The release of the survey results comes ahead of the President's third State of the Nation Address, which is scheduled on July 23.
Twenty percent of adult Filipinos meanwhile said they were dissatisfied with the President's performance, six points higher than the 14 percent last March.
Duterte said he does not care about the dip in his ratings.
"I do not care. Make it 15, wala na ako dyan. It does not interest me at all. Basta ako coast along na lang ako," Duterte told reporters in Clark, Pampanga.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, said that Duterte and his Cabinet "would continue to work double-time in bringing the fruits of a better and more inclusive economy, and in strengthening the government’s drive against illegal drugs, crime, and corruption."
NET SATISFACTION DIPS IN ALL AREAS
SWS said the decline in Duterte's net satisfaction rating was due to drops in his rating across the country.
While Duterte's satisfaction rating stayed "excellent" in his bailiwick Mindanao, he still saw a six-point decline to +76 from +82 last March.
The President's satisfaction rating meanwhile saw its biggest drop in Metro Manila with 20 points to +24 from +54 last March. His rating also dipped by 18 points in Visayas to +47 from +65.
This is equivalent to a grade drop of "good" from "very good" in both areas.
Duterte's rating in Balance Luzon meanwhile stayed good at +33 despite a six-point decline from last March's +39.
GREATER DISSATISFACTION IN URBAN AREAS
Net satisfaction with the President is greater in urban areas than in rural areas, results of the survey showed.
Urban net satisfaction with Duterte fell by one grade from "very good" to "good," at +38, down by 18 points from +56 in March.
Rural net satisfaction, however, stayed "very good," at +52 despite a four-point decline from +56 in March 2018.
Among social classes, Duterte's net satisfaction rating among Classes A, B, C, and E improved but declined in class D.
Duterte's net satisfaction rating went a notch higher to "very good" from "good" in class E with a four-point increase to +52 from +48 last March.
He continues to enjoy a "very good" rating in classes A, B, and C at +66, higher by three points from +63 last March.
Net satisfaction in class D or the "masa" meanwhile fell by a grade from "very good" to "good" at +43, lower by 14 points from +57 during the first quarter.
The second quarter poll was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide and has a sampling margin of error of +/- three percent for national percentages and +/- six percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.