Duterte’s satisfaction rating in Q1 ‘very good’ despite botched pandemic response

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blows a kiss to his supporters during a thanksgiving concert for him as he ends his six-year term, in Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Philippines, June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte blows a kiss to his supporters during a thanksgiving concert for him as he ends his six-year term, in Quirino Grandstand, Manila, Philippines, June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

Former President Rodrigo Duterte, even in the last months of his presidency, enjoyed a relatively high approval rating of “very good,” according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Wednesday (July 13).

The survey, conducted from April 19 to 27, found that 78% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the former president, with 9% undecided, and 13% dissatisfied. His first quarter 2022 approval rating increased by 3% from December 2021’s 75%.

On the other hand, Duterte’s net satisfaction rating, or the total percentage of those who are satisfied minus dissatisfied, is at +65, also an improvement from December 2021’s +60.

Former President Duterte’s approval rating also remained “very good” in Metro Manila with a net satisfaction +63, two points up from +61 in December 2021, while in Balance Luzon, it also went up to +60 from +56, and in the Visayas, it sharply rose from “good” +45 to “very good” +55 in April 2022. He enjoyed the highest approval rating of “excellent” in Mindanao, where his net satisfaction rating went up by 3 points from +80 to +83.

The former president also enjoyed “very good” approval ratings in urban and rural areas, where he got a +64 and +65, respectively. This is also the same case with both men and women at +65 and +64, while he got an “excellent” score among 18-24-year-olds at +68, and “very good” on those aged 25 years old and above.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating among educated groups also improved, with his approval rating among those who either had no formal education or some elementary education rising by 29 points at +66.

Meanwhile, the rating among those who finished elementary or did not finish high school is at +58, and those who finished junior high school but did not finish senior high school, had some vocational schooling, or did not finish college at +69. However, his rating among college graduates fell by nine points from +71 to +62.

The survey, according to the SWS, interviewed 1,440 adults nationwide, with sampling error margins at ±2.6% nationwide, and ±5.2% for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.

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