In SWS and Pulse Asia surveys, Duterte gets high marks; highest in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/12 October) – Criticisms against alleged extrajudicial killings in the ongoing war on drugs and his verbal outbursts notwithstanding, Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the country’s 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines and the first Mindanawon to lead the country, got a net satisfaction rating of 64% and trust rating of 76%, with Mindanao giving him “excellent” marks at 84% and 94%, respectively, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) Survey on September 24 to 27 shows.

12trustcomp11In the Pulse Asia survey on September 25 to October 1, Duterte also scored high nationwide with a trust rating of 86% and performance rating also of 86%. In both, Mindanao again gave Duterte the highest rating, at 96% and 93%, respectively.

The SWS survey also shows an 84% satisfaction with the government’s campaign against illegal drugs (54% very satisfied and 30% somewhat satisfied), with Mindanao again giving him the highest rating at 87%.

12swsdrugs11But Mindanao posted the lowest mark on the question, “in the police’s fulfillment of their duty in the campaign against illegal drugs, how important is it that they arrest suspects allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade alive?”

Nationwide, 71% said they find it “very important” to keep suspects in the illegal trade alive, with Visayas posting the highest at 82%, NCR at 74%, balance of Luzon at 70%, and Mindanao, the lowest at 62%.

Nationwide, Duterte’s net satisfaction rating was “very good” with 76% satisfied and 11% dissatisfied or a net satisfaction rating of 64%, with Mindanao giving him “excellent” rating at 85% (88% satisfied, 4% dissatisfied).

The SWS’ net satisfaction rating is classified “excellent” for 70% and above, and “very good” for 50 to 69%).

Duterte got the second highest net satisfaction rating from Visayas at 62% (75% satisfied and 14% dissatisfied). In the National Capital Region (NCR), Duterte got 58% (74% satisfied and 16% dissatisfied); and 57% in the Balance of Luzon (70% satisfied, 13% dissatisfied).

12swsnetsat11The rural areas also showed more satisfaction than the urban areas with 67% for the former (78% satisfied and 11% dissatisfied) and 63% for the latter (74% satisfied and 12 dissatisfied).

The poorer sector of society also showed more satisfaction than the ABC socio-economic class. Both D and E classes gave Duterte 65% with both having 76% satisfied and 11% dissatisfied. Class ABC gave Duterte 56% (69% satisfied and 13% dissatisfied).

More men are satisfied with Duterte’s performance than women. The men gave Duterte 71% (79% satisfied and 8% dissatisfied), the women gave him 58% (72% satisfied and 15% dissatisfied).


Nationwide, Duterte’s net trust rating was “excellent” with 76% (83% much trust, 8% little trust); with Mindanao giving him 92% (94% much trust, 2%little trust).

The NCR gave Duterte second highest at 76% (83% much trust, 7% little trust); Visayas at 73% (82% much trust, 10% little trust), and the Balance of Luzon at 69% (78% much trust, 10% little trust).

In the June 2016 survey, Duterte’s net trust rating was also “excellent” nationwide (79%), with Mindanao giving him 90%; NCR (78%), balance of Luzon (75%) and Visayas (74%).

Duterte got a higher trust rating from the rural areas than the urban areas, with 77% from the rural (85% much trust, 8 little trust) and 75% from the urban (82% much trust, 7% little trust).

He also got a higher trust rating from the socio-economic class D followed by ABC and E. In Class D, he got a 78% rating (84% much trust, 6% little trust); in Class ABC, he got a 72% (82% much trust, 10% little trust), and got a 67% (80% much trust, 13% little trust).

Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Office said the latest SWS survey showing Duterte’s “excellent” trust rating “clearly affirms the Filipino people’s faith and conference in his leadership.”

Andanar said that the “excellent” trust rating in two consecutive quarters “will further motivate his administration to continue what he started in his first 100 days–fighting illegal drugs and crime, combating terrorism, curbing corruption, and sustaining the momentum of economic growth” and “validates the people’s full support for his reform agenda of ‘tunay na pagbabago’ or real change.”

The first time Duterte figured in an SWS survey was in the Fourth Quarter 2014 Social Weather Survey conducted from November 27 to December 1, 2014, with a 5% rating when respondents nationwide were asked to name three “good leaders” who should be President in 2016. No list of names was provided.

Thirty-seven percent named then Vice President Jejomar Binay, 21% named Senator Grace Poe, 19% named Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas, 10% named Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, 9% chose Senator Francis Escudero who tied with Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Duterte (5%), tied with Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, Senator Bongbong Marcos and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano tied at 3%, and former Senator Manny Villar, Senator Bong Revilla Jr. and Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson tied at 2% each and Senators Loren Legarda and Franklin Drilon, Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan, and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao tied at 1% each.

Subsequent surveys showed Duterte’s ratings rise from 5% in December 2014 to 15% in March 2015, 20% in June 2015, 11% in September 2015, 20% in December 2015, 20% in January 2016, 24% in February 2016, 21% in the March 4-7, 2016 survey, 24% on March 18, 26% on March 22, 27% on March 30 to April 2, and 33% on April 13 to 14, April 18 to 20 and May 1 to 3.

Pulse Asia survey

In the Pulse Asia survey, Duterte’s performance rating scored 86% nationwide, with 93% in Mindanao, 80% in the National Capital Region, 84% in the Balance of Luzon and 88% in the Visayas.

From Pulse Asia survey, 25 September to 1 October 2016.
From Pulse Asia survey, 25 September to 1 October 2016.

The trust rating Duterte got nationwide (86%) was also highest in Mindanao (96%), Visayas (86%), Balance of Luzon (82%) and the NCR (81%).

The trust rating in September, however, is several points lower than his trust rating in July which was 91% nationwide.

Duterte took oath as President on June 30, 2016.

In Mindanao, the drop was one percentage point, from 97% in July to 96% in September; in the Visayas, 89% in July to 86% in September; Balance of Luzon from 89% in July to 82% in September and the biggest drop is in the NCR, from 92% to 81%.

Pulse Asia said the 5- percentage point decline in Duterte’s national trust score is “not considered significant as it falls with the survey’s overall error margin of (+/- 3 percentage points).”

Duterte’s name first surfaced in the Pulse Asia Survey in March 2015 with a 12% rating, 15% in May, 16% in September, 23% in December, and in 2016, 20% in January, 21% in February, 24% in March, 34% in the April 12-17 survey; 33% in the April 26-29 survey. (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)