PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte’s popularity hit a new record high with the second quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) report showing a two-point increase in his net satisfaction rating to +68, classified as “very good,” from +66 last quarter.

The non-commissioned survey, conducted from June 22-26, found 80% of adult Filipinos were satisfied by the performance of the President, 12% are dissatisfied, while the remaining 9% are undecided.

“This is a new personal record-high that surpassed the previous record of very good +66 in March 2019 and June 2017,” the SWS reported.

The poll body classifies a +70 rating 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”; -70 and below, “execrable”.

The two-point gain was attributed to an increase in areas of Luzon outside the capital, where Mr. Duterte got a +65 rating, up by nine points from last quarter’s +56.

This was, however, offset by declines in Metro Manila (two points to +59 from +61), Visayas (three points to +66 from +69), and Mindanao (eight points to +81 from +88).

Moreover, SWS also found an increase in the net satisfaction on the President’s performance in urban areas, among women and those belonging in Class E.

The President’s net satisfaction in urban areas rose to +67 from +62 last quarter, while it declined to +68 in rural areas in June this year from +69.

Mr. Duterte’s rating also stayed very good among women, at a record-high of +69 in June also, up by four points from +65; whereas his satisfaction rating among men dropped by one point to +67 in this quarter from +68.

His rating stayed very good in class E at +68 in June, up by 10 points from +58, which SWS noted surpassed the previous +67 record in June 2017.

The President, meanwhile, maintained his +68 rating in class D and slipped 11 points to +58 from +69 in March among those in class ABC.

The quarterly survey also found that more respondents in age groups 25-34, 35-44, and those aged 55 and above are satisfied with the President.

The survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 respondents, aged 18 years old and above, nationwide. — Charmaine A. Tadalan