Majority of Filipinos remained satisfied with the Duterte administration although it suffered an eight-point drop in the third quarter of 2018, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The poll, conducted from September 15 to 23, showed that 65 percent of 1,200 adult respondents surveyed were satisfied with the Duterte administration, 19 percent were dissatisfied, and 15 percent were undecided.
This yielded a net satisfaction rating of +50, classified by SWS as “very good.”
The latest net rating was a significant drop from the +58 (72 percent satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied) in June 2018.
SWS said the Duterte administration’s net satisfaction rating fell one grade in all areas, except Metro Manila.
It declined to “very good” in Mindanao (+67), “good” in Balance Luzon or Luzon except Metro Manila (+48), and “good” in the Visayas (+42).
The administration’s satisfaction rating, meanwhile, stayed “good” in Metro Manila (+40), although down by 7 points from June 2018.
Though the government’s performance stayed “very good” in rural areas (+54) and “good” in urban areas (+45), it was 13 points and 4 points lower, respectively, in the third quarter.
In classes A, B and C, the Duterte administration’s net satisfaction rating dropped from “excellent” to “good” with +47, a decline of 34 points from June.
It also fell one grade from “very good” to “good” in class E (+49) and stayed “very good” with +56 in class D.
By socio-demographic, downgrades were also noticed among those aged 55 and above (+47) and high school graduates (+48).
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Respondents interviewed for the survey were also asked to rate the government’s performance on several “subjects.”
Out of 14 specific performance subjects rated, SWS noted that the administration’s net satisfaction ratings were very good in five subjects, good on seven subjects, moderate on one subject, and neutral on one subject.
The Duterte administration got a “very good” rating on building and maintenance of public works (+66), helping the poor (+63), reconstructing Marawi City (+58), protecting human rights (+54), and fighting terrorism (+53).
The respondents also rated “good” the government’s performance in fighting crimes (+43), foreign relations (+40), defending its sovereignty in West Philippine Sea (+39), and eradicating graft and corruption (+38).
It got a “moderate” rating on fighting hunger (+23) and “neutral” on fighting inflation (+8).
The nationwide SWS survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults aged 18 and older (300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao).
It had sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.