Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte achieved his new highest public satisfaction rating in the second quarter of this year, according to a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey released on Friday, July 7.
Duterte garnered a public satisfaction rating of +66, up by three points from his +63 score in the previous quarter. This also bested his +64 net satisfaction rating in September 2016.
Based on the latest survey, 78 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte’s performance, while 12 percent were dissatisfied. The remaining 10 percent were undecided.
In a statement, Malacañang welcomed the positive result, which it said showed the public’s “growing confidence” in Duterte’s performance.
“The survey result 3 percent higher from March 2017 75 percent is a clear indication of the growing confidence in the chief executive and his performance as the country’s leader,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
The survey was conducted among 1,200 respondents nationwide via face-to-face interview just a month after Duterte imposed martial law in Mindanao in the wake of Marawi crisis. It has a sampling error margins of ±3.
“The data collection concluded on June 23 to 26, a month after [Duterte] placed the whole island of Mindanao under martial law and it shows tacit of public support to the president’s action following the rebellion in Marawi,” Abella added.
Duterte’s net satisfaction rating rose the highest in Visayas, going up by 11 points and one grade. It went up to “excellent” +73 (83 percent satisfied, 10 percent dissatisfied) this quarter from “very good” +62 (75 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) last quarter.
On the other hand, Duterte’s rating in Mindanao declined the most. Although it stayed “excellent,” his score dropped by 12 points; from +87 (87 percent satisfied, 3 percent dissatisfied) to +75 (83 percent satisfied, 8 percent dissatisfied).
In Metro Manila, his ratings hardly moved from +64 (76 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) down to +63 (77 percent satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied), staying “very good.”
But in balance Luzon, his rating went up by 7 points; from +51 (68 percent satisfied, 17 percent dissatisfied) to +58 (73 percent satisfied, 15 percent dissatisfied), also staying in the “very good” scale.
“This positive acknowledgment of the Filipino people further motivates the administration to work for the restoration of [normalcy] in Marawi and to start its rehabilitation as well as to bring a comfortable life for all Filipinos including Muslim Filipinos,” Abella further remarked.