Satisfaction with 'drug war' falls in Metro Manila, rises in Mindanao: SWS

Patrick Quintos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2017 12:33 PM

MANILA - Public net satisfaction ratings with President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs dropped 2 points in the 3rd quarter of 2017, according to a survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS).

The survey, conducted on September 23 to 27, shows 77% of the respondents are satisfied with the "drug war," while 14% are dissatisfied, giving a 63 net satisfaction rating, 2 points below the score in June 2017.

But it also showed that net satisfaction with the drug war fell sharply in Metro Manila, dropping from June's 77 points to 61 points this quarter. Net satisfaction in Luzon also dropped from 61 points to 54 points.

The drop in net satisfaction ratings in Metro Manila and Luzon was however offset by the 11-point increase in Mindanao, said SWS. From June's 66 points, satisfaction with the drug war in Mindanao rose to 77 points this quarter. The survey also showed a 4-point increase in drug war satisfaction ratings in Visayas.

The survey also noted that most of those who are satisfied with the drug war gave President Duterte higher satisfaction ratings than others.

SWS meanwhile said 71% of the respondents believe there are less drug addicts in their area compared to 6 months ago, while 9% believe there are more and 12% say the number is the same.

Majority of the respondents who said there are less drug addicts in their area are from Mindanao, followed by Luzon, Metro Manila, and Visayas.

The September 2017 SWS survey was done using face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide, with sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao.

A recent Pulse Asia Survey, conducted around the same time, revealed that most Filipinos support the Duterte administration's drug war. They also believe extrajudicial killings occur under the campaign.