MANILA- The Philippines is moving in the "right direction" according to a majority of Filipinos, a survey by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) claimed Thursday.
More Filipinos at 75 percent believe that the country is in the right direction, five points higher than the 70 percent in June this year.
Twenty-two percent meanwhile said the country is in the "wrong direction" while three percent did not provide an answer.
Belief that the country is in the right direction rose in all areas of the country with the highest percentage recorded in President Rodrigo Duterte's bailiwick Mindanao at 89 percent.
This is followed by Balance Luzon at 73 percent, Visayas at 69 percent, and Metro Manila at 65 percent.
SWS explained that net satisfaction with the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration was higher among those who say that the Philippines is in the right direction and is lower among those who say that the country is in the wrong direction.
Duterte recorded a +72 "excellent" net satisfaction rating among those who say that the country is in the right direction while his administration registered a +66 "very good"net satisfaction rating.
The President meanwhile got a "neutral" -3 remark among those who say that the Philippines is in the wrong direction while his administration received a "neutral" +1 rating.
A September SWS survey released earlier this month showed that the President's overall net satisfaction rating dropped to 48 classified as "good" from "very good" as less Filipinos say they are satisfied with his performance.
HIGHER BELIEF AMONG THE "MASA"
SWS noted that belief that the country is in the right direction increased in classes D and E, particularly among non-college graduates.
In class D or the "masa," belief that the country is in the right direction rose by five points to 75 percent in September this year from 70 percent in June.
Class E meanwhile saw a two-point rise to 72 percent from 70 percent in June this year.
A 4-point drop was seen in class ABC to 76 percent from 80 percent.
The September 15 to 23 SWS survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,500 Filipino adults nationwide and has a +/- three percent margin of error for national percentages.