In this May 7, 2018 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 25th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace.
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SWS: Duterte admin satisfaction rating drops, but still ‘very good’
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - May 11, 2018 - 8:38am

MANILA, Philippines — The public satisfaction of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration dropped in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

The administration scored a net satisfaction rating of +58. It showed a 12-point decline from the +70 in the last quarter of 2017 when the Duterte administration exceeded the record set by his predecessor.

This score qualifies as “very good”—one grade down from “excellent” in the fourth quarter of 2017.

The survey, conducted from March 23 to 27, found 69 percent of adult Filipinos satisfied with the performance of the current administration.

Only 11 percent expressed dissatisfaction, while the remaining 18 percent were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied.

The pollster noted that the 12-point decrease was due to declines in the net satisfaction scores in Balance Luzon, Mindanao and Metro Manila combined with a steady score in the Visayas.

It remained “excellent” in Mindanao +72, although down by 15 points from the record-high +87 in December 2017.

The score stayed “very good” in the Visayas at +57 and Balance Luzon at +50, although there was a 17-point decline from +67 in the last quarter of 2017.

It, however, fell by one grade to “very good” from “excellent” in Manila at +58 in March 2018—down by 13 points from +71 December 2017.

The net satisfaction of the Duterte administration maintained its “very good” rating in classes ABC (+56) and class E (+54).

But it fell to “very good” +58 from “excellent” +71 in class D or the masa.

Excellent in helping victims of disaster

The net satisfaction rating of the Duterte administration was “excellent” in helping victims of disasters (+75), SWS said. 

A Pulse Asia survey released last month also found that public approval is more pronounced toward the Duterte administration’s work in the area of responding to the needs of calamity-stricken areas (86 percent).

READPulse Asia: Filipinos approve of Duterte admin's calamity response most

Meanwhile, the latest SWS survey also showed that Filipinos viewed the current leadership as “very good” in helping the poor (+68), reconstructing Marawi City (+63), building and maintaining of public works (+62), promoting the welfare of the overseas Filipino workers (+59), fighting terrorism (+58) and protecting human rights (+54).

It was “good” on eradicating graft and corruption (+46), ensuring an efficient public transportation system (+41), telling the truth to the people (+41), reconciling with Muslim rebels (+41), fulfilling commitments in international treaties (+40), fighting crimes (+40), having good relations with the United Nations and other international organizations (+37), reconciling with communist rebels (+37), foreign relations (+36), defending the country’s territorial rights (+36) and defending Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (+34).

The Duterte government got a “moderate” rating on ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (+22) and “neutral” on fighting inflation (+6).

The March 2018 Social Weather Survey was conducted from March 23-27, 2018 using face-to-face interviews. It has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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LATEST UPDATE: July 9, 2019 - 9:07am

Public trust in Vice President Leni Robredo eroded in the first quarter of 2018, a Social Weather Stations poll released Wednesday finds.

According to an SWS survey of 1,200 adults conducted from March 23-27, 58 percent of Filipinos have “much trust” in Robredo. On the other hand, 18 percent have “little trust” in her while 23 percent of the respondents were undecided.

That yielded a net trust rating of “good” +39, 13 points below and down by one grade from the “very good” +52 a quarter ago.

July 9, 2019 - 9:07am

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says "the underlying message" of President Rodrigo Duterte's +68 satisfaction rating is that dissatisfaction with the Duterte administration is limited to "the few boisterous minority."

"The survey indicates that 80% of the Filipinos, or 8 out of 10 of our countrymen, are satisfied with PRRD's overall performance. The polling firm considers this as a record-high since this is the president’s highest satisfaction rating since he assumed office in June 2016," he says.

"We note that this survey, with data being gathered from June 22-26 this year, is the first post-midterm election independent survey conducted and was done at the height of the Recto Bank incident – an issue which the anti-Duterte forces pulverised the President with venom, and until now pilloried ad nauseum," he also says.

July 8, 2019 - 4:01pm

Gross satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte rose by 1 point in Q2 of 2019 to 80% from 79% in Q1, the latest poll of the Social Weather Stations finds.

Meanwhile, 9% of adult Filipinos are undecided and 12% are dissatisfied with the performance of the president. This gives him a net satisfaction rating of +68 or very good. This is a new personal record-high for Duterte that surpassed his previous record of very good +66 in March 2019 and June 2017.

The June 2019 SWS poll 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, the Visayas and Mindanao. 

It has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

March 12, 2019 - 8:47am

Malacañang welcomes the latest Social Weather Stations survey showing 76 percent of Filipino adults are satisfied with the work of the Duterte administration.

Only nine percent said they were not satisfied with the Duterte administration, garnering a net satisfaction rating of +66. 

The net satisfaction of the administration jumped from +50 in September 2018 to +66 in December 2018.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Malacañang considers this as a "vote of public confidence" and demonstration of the people's trust to the Duterte administration.

"As we go into the third year of the President’s term, the Filipinos can rest assured that we would not be lulled into complacency while we continue to roll out the programs and services he started in bringing a comfortable life for all under a peaceful and corrupt-free environment," Panelo said.

October 27, 2018 - 3:34pm

President Rodrigo Duterte's net trust rating has gained five points to +62 in September from +57 in June, a new Social Weather Stations says.

"The five-point increase in Rody Duterte’s overall net trust rating from June 2018 to September 2018 was due to increases in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon, combined with steady scores in the Visayas and Mindanao," SWS says.   

SWS also says the president got a "very good" trust rating across all educational levels.

October 20, 2018 - 9:40am

Latest survey of the Social Weather Stations reveals public satisfaction of top government institutions under President Rodrigo Duterte settled in the “good” territory in the third quarter of 2018.

The SWS survey, conducted from September 15 to 23, shows that 62 percent of Filipinos were satisfied and 14 percent dissatisfied with the performance of the Senate; 53 percent were satisfied 17 percent dissatisfied with the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, 49 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the Supreme Court and 18 percent dissatisfied with the Supreme Court; and 48 percent were satisfied and 16 percent were dissatisfied with the Cabinet. 

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