Duterte's satisfaction rating bounces back to personal high – SWS

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's satisfaction rating rose in March, buoyed by Mindanaoans, about a month after the formation of a new Bangsamoro government.

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that 79% of Filipinos are satisfied with Duterte's performance – a 5-point rise from his 74% rating in December 2018.

This gave Duterte a net satisfaction rating of +66 in March, which SWS categorizes as "very good." Thus, Duterte is back to his personal high satisfaction rating achieved in June 2017.

This First Quarter of 2019 survey was conducted from March 28 to 31 and involved 1,440 adults nationwide. SWS reported error margins of ±2.6% for national percentages, and ±5% each for Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.

The poll also found dissatisfaction with Duterte falling by 2 points (15% in December to 13%) and the percentage of undecided also falling by 3 points (11% to 8%).

Satisfaction with the Chief Executive was pulled up by his home region of Mindanao.

In his bailiwick, his satisfaction rating rose by 15 points, going from 83% in December to 92% in March. This led him to achieve a record-high net satisfaction rating of +88 (excellent).

There was also a significant 7-point increase in his gross satisfaction rating in Visayas (from 76% to 81%), giving him a +69 or "very good" net rating.

His net satisfaction rating in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon remained at "very good," with scores of +61 and +56, respectively. 

In Balance of Luzon, his gross satisfaction rating rose slightly from 69% to 73%. While in Metro Manila, the percentage of respondents who said they were satisfied with the Chief Executive stayed virtually the same at 76% (from 75% in December).

In between the December and March surveys, the historic Bangsamoro Organic Law was ratified and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority formed. The creation of a genuinely autonomous Bangsamoro region was among Duterte's major promises to Mindanaoans.

Wealthier Filipinos happier with Duterte

Both the wealthier and low-income Filipinos were happier with Duterte's performance in March.

Among the richest Filipinos, class ABC, Duterte scored his highest net satisfaction rating among that class: +69 (very good).

This is 7 points higher than his +62 rating in December.

A similar story can be seen among the "masa" or class D. Duterte also achieved a record-high +68 (very good) among them. This is a 10-point rise from his December numbers.

The same cannot be said for the poorest Filipinos. Class E respondents may have given him a +58 rating or "very good," but this is lower than his December rating by 7 points. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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