THE majority of Filipinos — 81% — were satisfied by the performance of President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s administration, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.
Meanwhile, 12% of Filipinos were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, while 7% were dissatisfied with the government’s performance, the polling firm said in a statement released on Thursday.
“This is up by six points from the very good +67 in September 2019, and matches the record-high excellent +73 in June 2019,” it said.
Out of 16 performance subjects, the government was rated “very good” on seven subjects, “good” on six subjects, and “moderate” on three subjects, the SWS said in its Governance Report Card.
“The National Administration’s net satisfaction rating was very good on: Helping the poor (+64), Fighting terrorism (+61), Providing information needed by the citizens to properly examine what the government is doing (+58), Having clear policies (+56), Developing a healthy economy (+53), Reconciling with Muslim rebels (+51), and Protecting the freedom of the press (+50),” it said.
The surveyed Filipinos also said the Duterte administration was good in fighting crimes (+49), reconciling with communist rebels (+48), in foreign relations (+47), acting according to what the people want (+45), defending Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (+32), and eradicating graft and corruption (+31).
Meanwhile, the government got moderate ratings on ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (+29), recovering the “hidden wealth” stolen by Marcos and his cronies (+25), and fighting inflation (+12).
“The December 2019 survey found the National Administration’s net satisfaction rating up by one grade on five specific subjects, down by one grade on one subject, and steady on 10 subjects, compared to when they were last surveyed,” the poll said.
The government also got an excellent rating in Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
SWS interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide from Dec. 13 to 16 for the poll with an error margin of ±3% points. — Genshen L. Espedido