MANILA—Malacañang on Thursday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed an increase in the overall public satisfaction with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella noted that public appreciation on the Duterte administration continues to grow as shown in the SWS rating released Wednesday that gave the national government a net satisfaction rating of +66, an increase of five points from the +61 percent reported in December 2016.
According to the SWS survey released Wednesday, 75 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with the national government as compared to nine percent who were not satisfied and 16 percent undecided.
The poll was conducted from March 25 to 28
The +66 net rating for the Duterte administration qualifies as “very good,” the second highest in the SWS scale.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “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” as well as -70 and below as “execrable.”
Citing the SWS, Abella said the “very good” net satisfaction rating in the First Quarter SWS survey is reflected in Classes ABC, D and E and across all geographic areas, except in Mindanao, which gave the current government an “excellent” rating.
“We believe that the significant gains of the Duterte administration have started to be felt by our people as they rated the government ‘very good’ in the area of helping the poor and ‘good’ in the following areas, namely: fighting terrorism, defending the country’s territorial rights, providing jobs, fighting crimes, eradicating graft and corruption, solving the problem of extra judicial killings, reconciliation with Muslim rebels, and reconciliation with communist rebels,” he said.
In the SWS survey, the administration also got “good” scores for “developing science and technology” at +49; “fighting terrorism” +47; “defending the country’s territorial rights” at +46; “providing jobs” at +43; “fighting crime” at +41; “eradicating graft and corruption” at +39; “solving the problem of extrajudicial killings” at +37; “reconciliation with communist rebels” at +32; “foreign relations” at +46 and “reconciliation with Muslim rebels” at +33.
Abella said the growing public appreciation only inspires the President in his pursuit to deliver on his campaign promises.
“President Duterte continues to work hard for a progressive and inclusive nation where there is a trustworthy government, long-lasting peace and prosperity for all,” Abella said.