THE DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS
President Duterte maintained a high satisfaction rating of 75 percent and a stable net grade of 63, unchanged from the previous survey held last December despite the continuous criticisms fired at him by his local and foreign critics, a Social Weather Station (SWS) survey released yesterday showed. The survey showed Mr. Duterte enjoying a â€œvery goodâ€ net rating for the first quarter which is about the same grade he received in all the SWS satisfaction polls since he took over the presidency in July last year. The survey, conducted March 25 to 28 with 1,200 respondents nationwide, said that 75 percent are â€œsatisfiedâ€ with Mr. Duterteâ€™s administration while 12 percent are â€œdissatisfiedâ€ and another 12 percent â€œundecidedâ€ for a net 63 rating. In the netting scheme, SWS deducts the percentage of dissatisfied respondents from the satisfied. The President also got a 13 percentage point increase in his net satisfaction grade from his Mindanao bailiwick to an â€œexcellentâ€ 87 in the latest results from 74 points in the fourth quarter of last year. Mr. Duterteâ€™s numbers partly diminished in â€œBalance Luzonâ€ from a net 60 last December to a net 51, the latest SWS reported showed. He yielded an almost unchanged score of net 62 in the Visayas compared to the previous net 61. In the capital region or Metro Manila, the Presidentâ€™s numbers jumped five points to a net 64 from a net 59. Across socioeconomic classes, Mr. Duterteâ€™s performance remains â€œvery goodâ€ accross the board. President Duterte got â€œvery goodâ€ net 63 and a â€œvery goodâ€ net 64 ratings during the December 2016 and September 2016 polls, respectively. MalacaÃ±ang, for its part, said that although President Duterte does not mind being popular, it nonetheless motivates the administration to achieve what it has promised. â€œAlthough surveys are not his priority, it inspires the Chief Executive and the national leadership to continue its top agenda of ridding Philippine society of drugs, criminality, and corruption, or building a trustworthy government; prosperity for all; and peace within our borders,â€ Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said. â€œWe value this public trust, and will continue to work hard to serve the best interests of the people – and fulfill the vision of a nation worthy of the Filipino people,â€ he added. SWS said area estimates in its survey were weighted by National Statistics Office medium-population projections for 2017 to obtain the national estimates. It added the public satisfaction survey was non-commissioned and that the question asked to respondents on the public satisfaction ratings was â€œPlease tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are in the performance of Rodrigo Duterte as President of the Philippines. Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, undecided if satisfied or dissatisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, very dissatisfied, or you have not ever heard or read anything about Rodrigo Duterte?â€. Pay hike, Pinoyâ€™s main concern A separate Pulse Asia poll showed that higher pay, controlling inflation and job creation are the top concerns of Filipinos. The Ulat ng Bayan survey, held March 15 to 20, showed respondents mentioned their most urgent concern as the need to increase workersâ€™ pay at 43 percent followed by concerns over controlling inflation at 41 percent and creating more jobs at 39 percent. Two issues of utmost importance to the Duterte administration, were fighting corruption at 31 percent and criminality at 28 percent. â€œEconomic issues top the list of Filipinosâ€™ urgent national concerns; public opinion on the matter remain essentially unchanged during the period December 2016 to March 2017,â€ Pulse Asia said. â€œFor the most part, Filipinosâ€™ sense of urgency as far as these national issues are concerned remains steady between December 2016 and March 2017. The only exceptions are the higher levels of concerns expressed by Filipinos about inflation and job creation in March 2017 compared to the previous quarter,â€ Pulse Asia added. Defending the integrity of the countryâ€™s territory at six percent, preparing the coountry to face any kind of terrorism at three percent, and changing the Constitution at three percent are the least important issues among respondents, the Pulse Asia poll showed. The quarterly survey is based on a sample of 1,200 representative adults 18 years old and above. It has a positive and negative three percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. Subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) have a plus and negative six percent error margin, also at a 95 percent confidence level.