Duterte admin's rating drop due to inflation - analyst


Posted at Oct 07 2018 01:34 PM | Updated as of Oct 07 2018 02:08 PM

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An 8-point point slide in the net satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration is due to its failure to curb the rising prices of goods, a political analyst said Saturday. 

The administration's satisfaction rating slipped to +50 in the third quarter of 2018, down from its +58 score in the previous quarter, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. 

"There have been consistent drops in the administration's performance rating over the last 2 quarters. Although in my view, this drop was not surprising given the fact that a big issue really is inflation," said UP Political Science professor Ranjit Rye. 

"Across the board, across classes, and even geographic areas, the ratings went down. Although in some areas, the ratings went down far more like in Visayas in particular, and among the masa and Class D," he added. 

Rye said he expected even poorer survey ratings as the Duterte administration continues to deal with criticisms over its war on drugs and alleged human rights violations. 

The public may have overlooked these issues amid the government's good performance in other fields, he said. 

The government is "working double time to ensure prices of basic goods become stable as we cushion the impact of higher inflation," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. 

ANC, 7 October 2018