MANILA — Eighty-two (82) percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte’s work performance, with only 10 percent dissatisfied and 8 percent undecided, according to the latest survey released by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Monday (Jan. 20).
Results of the December 13 to 16 poll by SWS also results yielded a net satisfaction score of “excellent” +72, up by seven points from September 2019’s “very good” +65.
The poll results further showed the President’s “new personal record that surpassed the previous record ‘very good’ +68 in June 2019,” SWS said.
“Compared to September 2019, gross satisfaction with President Duterte rose by 4 points from 78 percent, gross undecided fell by 1 point from 9 percent, and gross dissatisfaction fell by 3 points from 13 percent,” the poll said.
The seven-point rise in Duterte’s net satisfaction rating was due to increases in Balance Luzon (“very good” +66 from “very good” +54), the Visayas (“excellent” +69 from “excellent” +74), and Mindanao (“excellent” +81 from “excellent” +76), combined with a steady score in Metro Manila (“very good” +66).
Net satisfaction with Duterte’s performance also rose by nine points in urban (“excellent” +75 from “very good” +66) and five points in rural areas (“very good” +69 from “very good” +64).
The President’s net satisfaction also rose among classes ABC (“excellent” +76 to “excellent” +70), D (“excellent” +72 from “very good” +66), and E (“excellent” +71 from “very good” +57).
There was also an increased net satisfaction among men (“excellent” +73 from “very good” +66) and women (“excellent” +71 from “very good” +64), as well as among age groups 18 to 24 (“excellent” +73 from “very good” +64), 25 to 37 (“very good” +67 from “very good” +64), 35 to 44 (“excellent” +78 from “very good” +63), 45 to 54 (“very good” +64 from “very good” +63), and 55 and above (“excellent” +77 from “very good” +68).
Duterte’s net satisfaction rating also rose by one to “excellent” from “very good” among elementary school (+78 from +60), high school graduates (+70 from +67), and college graduates (+73 from +67). It stayed very good among non-elementary school graduates, at +64 in December, down by 1 point from +65 in September.
The same SWS survey found that 52 percent of adult Filipinos are expecting the Chief Executive to fulfill “all or nearly all/most of his promises.”
A total of 16 percent expressed confidence that Duterte can live up to “all or nearly all” of his promises, 36 percent said “most” promises will be fulfilled, 42 percent believed only a “few” will be carried out, while the remaining 5 percent answered “none or almost none.”
“The latest proportion of 52 percent expecting nearly all/most of President Duterte’s promises to be fulfilled is 4 points above the 48 percent (13 percent all or nearly all, 35 percent most) in December 2018,” SWS said.
“When first asked in June 2016, 63 percent expected nearly all/most of his promises to be fulfilled, before it declined to 56 percent in September 2016 and 52 percent in March 2017,” it added.
Pertaining to the health of the 74-year-old President, the SWS poll also revealed that 72 percent of adult Filipinos expressed worry over his health. SWS said the results were similar to June 2019 poll which showed that 74 percent were worried and 26 percent were not worried about the President’s health.
The latest poll also bared that 61 percent said Duterte’s state of health is “a public matter, that is why the public should be informed of everything about this.” Only 37 percent believed that the Chief Executive’s health condition is a “private matter, that is why the public does not need to be informed of everything about this.”
Around 1,200 adult Filipinos were interviewed using sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages, and ±6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The release of the results of the SWS survey came after the launching of the “Duterte Legacy” campaign in Pasay City last Friday, led by Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar.
Andanar on Tuesday said the Duterte’s administration is reporting its achievements in just three years in office because Filipinos deserve to know that all state departments are working harder to improve their lives.
Andanar said there was a need to promote public awareness about the accomplishments of state departments halfway through the President’s six-year term.
“It is the PCOO’s mandate to disseminate information about the executive branch and its accomplishments. Now, why are we doing this?” he said in an interview with dzRH. “It’s very important for us to do this because this administration has the right to flaunt its achievements and praise itself,” the PCOO chief added.
Andanar’s statement came after Senator Panfilo Lacson on Saturday said it was “too early” to present Duterte’s legacy since the President has only been in office for three years.
Despite Lacson’s claim, the Communications chief said it is important to tell the public that many of Duterte’s promises cited in his previous State of the Nation Address (SONA) have already been delivered.
“You know, people may have their opinion, their own opinion if it’s early or not too early,” Andanar said. “What’s important is we’re able to let the public know that the President’s platforms mentioned in 2016 and in his previous SONAs are already here, signed, sealed, delivered,” he added.
The “Duterte Legacy” is a communication campaign that highlights the current administration’s landmark policies and programs.
The campaign launch trumpeted the Duterte government’s legacies on education, infrastructure, health, labor, freedom of information, press freedom and media protection, peace and order, and environmental protection.
The campaign focuses on the administration’s progress in three key pillars, namely peace and order, infrastructure development, and poverty alleviation.
On Saturday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the accomplishments of the Duterte administration during his three years in office are “far better” than his predecessors’.
However, Andanar was quick to deny that the government is grabbing credit for its feats. He admitted that some of the projects that are being implemented under Duterte’s watch were initiated by the past administration, but Duterte has no plans of wasting the taxpayers’ money by abandoning the unfinished projects of his predecessor.
Thus, the current administration will continue what was left undone by the previous administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, Andanar said. “You allocated funds so it’s a waste of taxpayers’ money if you do not finish it,” he said.
“There are many projects that really need to be continued. I believe that governance is about continuity. It’s not acceptable to ignore the unfinished projects of the past administration,” he added.
To further promote the flagship projects and programs of the Duterte government, Andanar noted that there will be a series of the launching of “Duterte Legacy” campaign in Cebu, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro provinces.
He said other government departments that are not part of the first launch of the communications campaign, like the Transportation and Trade departments will be given the chance to present their accomplishments. “Not all departments were able to report their achievements,” Andanar said. (PNA)