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Duterte's Net Satisfaction Rating Slides, Except in Mindanao: SWS

The score is still considered "very good".
by Arianne Merez
Oct 30, 2021
Photo/s: King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Public satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte fell in September, still within "very good" levels as he counted down to his last months in office before the May 2022 elections, pollster SWS said.

The Sept. 12 to 16 poll of 1,200 adults was taken before ther 76-year-old leader announced his retirement from politics and dropped his bid for vice president. He got a 67% satisfaction rating and a 15% dissatisfaction rating for a net satisfaction score of +52, Social Weather Stations said.

Despite the 10-point drop in Duterte's net satisfaction score, +52 was still ahead of the lowest rating that he got, +45 in June 2018. In September, his rating declined in all areas except Mindanao.

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The President's rating dropped to "good" in all areas of the Philippines except in his bailiwick Mindanao where it remained "excellent" according to SWS.

The survey also found that satisfaction with Duterte is lower among people who said their lives worsened in the past year at +46 classified as "good" compared to those who said their lives got better at +65 classified as "very good."

READ: Life Got Worse for Majority of Filipinos, Nears 'Catastrophic' Territory: SWS

Duterte's last two years in office was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic that pushed the economy into its worst recession since World War II.

The first president to come from Mindanao, Duterte in early October said he was forgoing plans to run for vice president and would instead retire from politics once he leaves Malacañang.

Some 1,200 adults nationwide were interviewed for the survey which has a ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

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