Duterte gov't keeps 'very good' satisfaction rating: SWS


Posted at Aug 29 2017 11:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte and members of his official family at the 13th Cabinet Meeting at the Palace on Monday. Photo from Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol's Facebook page.

The Social Weather Station (SWS) on Tuesday has classified as "very good" the latest public satisfaction ratings of the national government under President Rodrigo Duterte, with helping the poor and protecting human rights receiving highest scores from respondents.

The results of the June 23-26 survey first published by the Business World showed that 75% of 1,200 respondents are satisfied with the national government, 13% were undecided and only 11% were dissatisfied.

This generated a net satisfaction rating of +64.

Although the second quarter survey is down by two points than the result in March, SWS said the Duterte administration has the highest satisfaction ratings in four quarters compared to the four-quarter average scores of the last four presidents.

Sought for comment, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said: "We appreciate the people's recognition of the efforts and hard work of the current government as public appreciation continue to remain very good at +64."

He added that the Duterte administration posted the "highest 4-quarter satisfaction rating ever recorded."

Of the 15 specific issues identified in the SWS survey, helping the poor received the highest score with +65.

Despite the international backlash with the ongoing war on drugs, the national government still received +55 in the issue of protecting human rights.

Aside from the two issues, also tied at +51 and marked as "very good" are defending the country's territorial rights and providing jobs.

The government earned "good" scores in eight other issues. These are in fighting terrorism (+49), foreign relations (+44), fighting crimes (+43), eradicating graft and corruption (+43), solving extrajudicial killings (+34), reconciling with Muslim rebels (+32), ensuring that no family will ever go hungry (+32), and reconciling with communist rebels (+31).

It got "moderate" scores on recovering the "hidden wealth" stolen by Marcos and his cronies (+26), resolving the traffic problem (+25) and fighting inflation (+24).

By geographical location, respondents gave Duterte's government "excellent" ratings with +72 in Mindanao, "very good" in the Visayas (+56), Metro Manila (+67) and Luzon (+63).

The survey was conducted via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide. It has sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages, as well as ±6 points each for Metro Manila, “Balance Luzon,” the Visayas and Mindanao.

The survey also showed that the national government’s scores remained “very good” across socioeconomic classes.