Duterte gets ‘very good’ rating in SWS survey

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. DUTERTE has gotten a “very good” rating in the latest Social Weather Station Survey (SWS) as 76 percent of those polled said they were satisfied with his performance.

Duterte’s rating made him next only to former President Fidel V. Ramos among presidents in the post-EDSA era, according to a story published Thursday in BusinessWorld, SWS’s media partner on polling given the right of first publication.

Duterte scored best in Mindanao, with 88 percent of those polled saying they were satisfied.

Conducted Sept. 24-27 via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents nationwide, Duterte yielded a “net satisfaction rating” of +64, which is the percent of those satisfied minus the percent of those dissatisfied, rounded off.

Mr. Ramos’s net rating was +66, which is also classified as “very good,” as only those with rating of at least +70 are classified as “excellent.”

Other post-EDSA presidents’ rating: Benigno C. Aquino, +60, very good; Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, +24, moderate; Joseph E. Estrada, +60, very good; and Corazon C. Aquino, +53, very good.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating in Mindanao, his bailiwick, is “excellent” at +85 (88% satisfied minus 4% dissatisfied, rounded off). He was “very good” elsewhere: +62 in the Visayas (75% satisfied, 14% dissatisfied, rounded off), +58 in Metro Manila (74% satisfied, 16% dissatisfied) and +57 in “Balance Luzon” (70% satisfied, 13% dissatisfied).

The president got “very good” net ratings in both urban (+63) and rural (+67) areas, and also “very good” across socioeconomic classes: +65 each in classes D, or the masa, and E, and a lower +56 among those in ABC.

Gender-wise, Mr. Duterte scored an “excellent” (+71) net rating among men and “very good” among women (+58).

In terms of educational attainment, the President is liked most by high school graduates with an “excellent” rating (+71). He earned “very good” among college and elementary graduates, and even those who did not finish elementary.

Mr. Duterte scored an “excellent” in two respondent age groups: +73 among those aged 25-34 and +71 in the 35-44 group. He got “very good among the rest.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, in a statement, said that the results of the SWS survey “shows very clearly that the majority of the Filipino people approve of his performance in his first three months in office.”

“This is not surprising at all as the President was overwhelmingly elected in the May polls on the strength of his platform of ‘tunay na pagbabago’ or real change anchored on a strong anti-drugs, anti-crime and anti-corruption agenda,” he added. (MindaNews)