MANILA- As 2018 came to an end, majority of Filipinos remained satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's performance as chief executive, results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Friday showed.
Duterte's net satisfaction rating went up to a "very good" +60 from his "very good" +54 rating in September.
The survey found that 74 percent of adult Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte's performance, while only 15 percent were dissatisfied. The other 11 percent meanwhile were undecided.
This represents a 4-point increase from 70 percent gross satisfaction in September, while dissatisfaction fell by 1 point from 16 percent.
The President's +60 score brings his annual average net satisfaction score to a "very good" +54, lower by 5 points from his 2017 average net satisfaction score of +59.
SWS attributed the rise in Duterte's net satisfaction rating in the last quarter of the year to increases in his rating across Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and Visayas from "good" to "very good."
Duterte, who hails from Davao City, meanwhile maintained his "excellent" rating in Mindanao at +73, although lower from the +77 rating he recorded in September.
The 73-year-old leader also enjoyed an increase in his satisfaction rating in all socio-economic classes and in all age groups except the 45-to-54 age bracket.
In social classes A, B, C, and E, Duterte saw an increase in his satisfaction rating from "good" to "very good."
He, however, maintained his "very good" rating from class D or the "masa" (masses) class at +58, higher than his +56 rating in September.
The fourth quarter survey, conducted from Dec. 16 to 19, 2018, was done using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults nationwide and has a +/- 2.6 percent margin of error for national percentages.
Duterte rose to power in 2016 riding on a campaign to rid the country of illegal drugs and corruption.
Since assuming office, he has repeatedly courted controversy over his criticism of the Catholic Church, human rights advocates, and cursing.