Duterte’s satisfaction rating drops further, lowest since 2018: SWS

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QUEZON CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating continued to drop and the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed it is down to the lowest rating since 2018.

Duterte scored +52 in the survey conducted from Sept. 12 to 16. The rating is classified as “very good,” yet it is 10 points below his June 2021 score of +62. It was the lowest since his +45 or “good” rating in June 2018.

Despite the drop in the President’s satisfaction rating, Malacañang thanked the Filipinos for their confidence in the Chief Executive and vowed to pursue measures aimed at improving their lives.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque claimed that the survey result was “a clear validation that public confidence remains high on the ability and competence of the Chief Executive to lead the nation amid the current health crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We thank our people for giving the President a consistent ‘very good’ rating, as reflected in the first (May 2021), second (Jun 2021) and third (Sept 2021) quarter 2021 surveys of SWS,”  Roque said in a statement.

“With our people united behind the President and the administration, (President Duterte), along with the members of his Cabinet, will continue to improve the lives of Filipinos that will be felt beyond 2022, especially as we build back a better, post-COVID-19 economy,” he added.

The survey showed 67% of adult Filipinos interviewed in the survey are satisfied with the President’s performance, an 8-point drop from June. About 15% are dissatisfied, which is up by 2 points, while 11% are undecided, which is down by one point.

SWS said the double-digit drop in the chief executive’s satisfaction rating was due to “decreases in all areas except in Mindanao,” where it barely moved to +76 from +79, which is classified “excellent.”

In Metro Manila, Duterte’s rating dropped 15 points to +48, or a downgrade from “very good” to “good.”

Ratings in Balance Luzon and Visayas were also downgraded to “good” – falling 14 points to +44 and 9 points to +44, respectively.

Urban net satisfaction was also classified as “good” after the rating dropped 16 points to +49. Rural net satisfaction remained “very good,” but was down by 6 points to +55.

SWS said it used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults across the country for the survey. The sampling error margins are ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.