MANY Filipinos continued to trust President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration six months into his term despite a significant drop in his scores in Metro Manila and among the masses, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.
The Fourth Quarter Social Weather survey, conducted among 1,500 adult respondents, revealed that 73 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the national government’s general performance while 12 percent were undecided and 15 percent were dissatisfied.
The administration yielded a +61 net satisfaction rating in December or five points lower than its +66 maiden satisfaction marks in September.
Lawmakers on Tuesday cheered the continuing high trust rating of President Rodrigo Duterte despite the sharp criticisms of his war on drugs
In separate interviews with the Manila Standard, Reps. Rodolfo Fariñas of Ilocos Norte, Rodolfo Albano of Isabela, Tobias Tiangco of Navotas, Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar, Jericho Nograles of the PBA party-list and Fred Castro of Capiz hoped the SWS findings that President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration remained “very good” in the last quarter of 2016 would be sustained.
Despite Duterte’s “very good” overall net satisfaction numbers, SWS noted a 13-point drop in his satisfaction rating in Metro Manila, where it plunged to +53 from +66.
His ratings stayed “very good” in the Visayas at +58 and in “Balance Luzon” at +56, both down 4 points from the September scores.
His satisfaction marks stayed “excellent” in his bailiwick in Mindanao at +78, although this was three points down from his record-high “excellent” +81 in September.
The satisfaction with the government stayed “very good” across socioeconomic classes from a +62 for the poorest class “E” and +55 for the richest class “ABC”, but dropped seven points down to +61 among respondents from the “masa” or class “D.”
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar nevertheless welcomed the results of the latest survey.
In the same survey, the Duterte administration got “very good” scores in six subjects under the Governance Report Card, “good” ratings in eight and “moderate” in two others.