President Duterte is more than halfway through with his 6-year term as the Chief Executive yet his administration, which has been known for his campaigns against illegal drugs and corruption in government, is still immensely popular with Filipinos. The recently released Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey reported that 80% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with President Duterte’s performance.
The 80% mark for gross satisfaction is a personal record-high satisfaction rating for the President. The survey also showed that only 12% of all survey respondents, which were chosen to represent the Philippine population, were dissatisfied with President Duterte. 9% of respondents were undecided.
The figure also shows a 1 point increase from the First Quarter 2019 release of the same study, which pegged gross satisfaction at 79% in March 2019. The gross undecided rose by 1 point from 8% and gross dissatisfaction fell by 1 point from 13% for the same period.
President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating is also a personal all-time high and now sits at +68, which earns an SWS classification of “very good”. The previous record of the President was a “very good” rating of +66 in March 2019 and June 2017.
According to the SWS, the 2-point rise in net satisfaction is due to an increase in Balance Luzon, which offset the smaller declines in Mindanao, the Visayas, and Metro Manila.
In Balance Luzon, the President has a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +65, a new record high and an increase of 9 points from March 2019. In Mindanao, it stayed as an “excellent” though it went down by 7 points to +81. In the Visayas, June 2019 was pegged at a “very good” +66, down by 3 points from the previous survey. In Metro Manila, the “very good” rating of +59 was recorded, down by 2 points from March this year.
The June 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from June 22-26, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The survey had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
Of the demographic of respondents, Class E and Class D showed the highest satisfaction at a “very good” +68 each, both being record highs. Class ABC together had a net satisfaction rating of +58, which is also “very good”.
The poorest in the country are obviously happy with the government and the changes they see being affected around them. For the first time, it is the elites and the well-to-do’s who are complaining. But as you can see in these survey results, which are only the latest in a series of reports which show Duterte’s maintained popularity, Filipinos are happy with the country. The nation is actually, for once, considering the poor and the provinces.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is either too self-obsessed or privileged that they are delusional enough to think they represent all Filipinos.