PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte received “very good” marks on his campaign against illegal drugs and promoting human rights at the start of his administration, the latest Social Weather Stations survey revealed.
The survey, conducted from September 24 to 27, showed that more than 75 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the performance of the administration, eight percent said they were dissatisfied, and 17 percent were undecided, giving Duterte a +66 percent net satisfaction rating.
The survey revealed that Duterte got a +78 rating or excellent in the campaign against illegal drugs and +63 percent or very good for promoting human rights—even as the body count in his anti-drug war rose above 3,000 and his critics assailed him for the rise in extrajudicial killings.
The President, who left yesterday for Peru, also got very good marks on helping the poor (+63), promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (+62), fighting crime (+58), eradicating graft and corruption (+57), fighting terrorism (+55), defending the country’s territorial rights (+53), and distributing lands to deserving tillers (+53).
He also received good marks on developing science and technology (+49), providing jobs (+46), foreign relations (+39), ensuring an efficient transportation system (+39), ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (+37), and fighting inflation (+33).
The administration’s efforts to reconcile with Moro rebels and communist rebels also received “good” satisfaction ratings with +42 and +39, respectively.
Malacañang welcomed results of the SWS survey, the highest initial net satisfaction rating obtained by any administration.
“We thank the Filipino people for giving the highest initial net satisfaction rating obtained by an administration to the Duterte Administration,” Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said.
“The ‘very good’ +66 net satisfaction rating of the Duterte Administration is a source of inspiration and strength to the President and his entire team to double their time and energy to rid society of drugs, criminality and corruption while bringing the fruits of sustainable inclusive development down to our grassroots.”
“Let these survey results not lull us to complacency. The President, as we all know, has been elevating the consciousness of our people from the gravity of the drug problem and the threat of terrorism and lawlessness. This means much work has to be done and we all need to roll up our sleeves and buckle down to work and get things done.”
The survey, which interviewed 1,200 respondents nationwide, has a sampling error margin of ±3 points for national percentages and ±6 points each for Metro Manila, “Balance Luzon,” the Visayas and Mindanao.