SWS survey: Gov’t under Duterte administration gets ‘very good’ satisfaction rating

MANILA — Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s administration earned a “very good” net satisfaction rating from the public, the latest Social Weather Stations survey show.

The survey results first reported in BusinessWorld showed that the public gave the government a +66 net satisfaction rating which the independent pollster classifies as “very good.”

The government earned high marks on its campaign against illegal drugs with an “excellent” rating (85 percent satisfied, seven percent dissatisfied and seven percent undecided) and “very good” in the promotion of human rights (74 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied and 15 percent undecided).

This, despite criticisms from the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations on the administration’s staunch campaign against illegal drugs.

The survey, conducted from Sept. 24-27 nationwide, noted that for the first three months of the Duterte administration, the public scored “very good” in eight subjects and “good” in eight others.

The Duterte administration’s net satisfaction level bested maiden scores of predecessors, except that under former president Benigno Aquino III who also got a “very good” +64 rating.

The pollster’s Governance Report Card for the Duterte administration is as follows:

– “promoting human rights” — +63;

– “fighting crime” — +58;

– “eradicating graft and corruption” — +57;

– “fighting terrorism” — +55;

– “defending the country’s territorial rights” — +53;

– “distributing lands to deserving tillers under land reform” — +53;

– “reconciliation with Muslim rebels” — +42;

– “reconciliation with communist rebels” — +39;

– “ensuring that no family will ever be hungry” — +37; and

– “fighting inflation” — +33. Janice Cave/PNA-northboundasia.com