By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz and Genalyn Kabiling
Majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration’s performance in the last quarter of 2018, based on the Social Weather Stations survey results released on Tuesday.
Malacañang lauded the soaring public satisfaction rating, saying it was a “vote of confidence” on President Duterte as well as a “loud and clear repudiation” of his critics and detractors.
Buoyed by the “very good” poll results, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo also assured the public there would be no room for complacency in government amid efforts to improve the lives of Filipinos.
“The Palace considers this increase in satisfaction rating as a vote of public confidence and a demonstration of the people’s unshakeable trust to the present administration, which the polling firm classified as ‘very good,’” Panelo said.
In the nationwide survey conducted from Dec. 16 to 19, 2018 among 1,440 adult respondents, SWS found 76 percent of Filipinos satisfied, 15 percent neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, and 9 percent dissatisfied with the general performance of the current national administration.
This translates to a net satisfaction rating of +66 (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied), classified by SWS as “very good.”
SWS pointed out that the latest net rating is 16 points higher than the very good +50 (65 percent satisfied, 15 percent dissatisfied) in September 2018.
Panelo also welcomed the administration’s “highest marks” in promoting women’s rights (+71); building and maintenance of public works (+70); helping the poor (+68); protecting human rights (+62) and reconstructing Marawi City (+60).
“These figures are loud and clear repudiations of the critics and detractors of PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) who have described him as misogynistic, anti-poor, and anti-human rights, and who have taken turns in questioning the Build-Build-Build Infrastructure Program and lambasting the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Marawi,” he said.
Panelo noted the survey results indicated that most people were ignoring the tirades from the President’s critics.
“While the administration never impelled the vocal minority from expressing their dissent, it is time they finally realize that a sizeable but silent majority has paid no attention to their endless tirades against PRRD and the administration, as well as its policies, particularly with respect to the aforesaid matters,” he said.
With the higher public satisfaction grade, Panelo also affirmed the government’s resolve to build a comfortable life for Filipinos.
“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,” he said.
From very good to excellent
SWS terminology for net satisfaction ratings are translated as follows: +70 and above as “excellent,” +50 to +69 “very good,” +30 to +49 “good,” +10 to +29 “moderate,” +9 to –9 “neutral,” -10 to –29 “poor,” -30 to –49 “bad,” -50 to –69 “very bad,” and -70 and below “execrable.”
The Duterte administration’s net satisfaction rating rose from very good to excellent in Mindanao, up by eight points from +67 in September 2018 to +75 in December 2018.
It also went up from good to very good in Visayas, up by 21 points from +42 in September to +63 in December.
In Metro Manila, it rose from good to very good, increasing by 20 points from +40 in September to +60 in December.
It also rose from good to very good in the rest of Luzon, up by 17 points from +48 in September to +65 in December.
Urban net satisfaction with the national administration improved from good to very good, up by 23 points from +45 in September 2018 to +68 in December 2018.
Meanwhile, rural net satisfaction remained very good, from +54 in September to +65 in December.
Filipinos’ net satisfaction with the Duterte administration significantly improved from good to excellent in upper-to-middle class ABC, up by 25 points from +47 to +72; from good to excellent in class E or the “poorest,” up by 21 points from +49 to +70; and stayed very good in class D or “masa,” up by 15 points from +50 to +65.