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Surprise, haters! Duterte government gets ‘very good’ satisfaction marks, including human rights, in September survey

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The Duterte administration got a “very good” satisfaction rating in its first three months, with three of four Filipinos satisfied with its performance so far, according to a new survey by Social Weather Stations.

Despite criticisms from various groups, the Duterte government also got high marks not only in the war against drugs but also in protecting human rights, SWS said.

SWS’ survey Sept. 24 to 27 showed 75 percent were satisfied, eight percent dissatisfied and 17 percent undecided over the government’s general performance.

It said this meant a net satisfaction rating of +66. SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +70 and above 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”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”

Excerpts of the findings were posted Thursday on SWS’ media partner BusinessWorld.

Also, the SWS noted the Duterte government’s net satisfaction level was second best among post-EDSA presidents, with Benigno Aquino III’s initial rating was a “very good” +64 (73 percent satisfied, nine percent dissatisfied).

* Issues

The Duterte administration got an “excellent” +78 (85 percent satisfied, seven percent dissatisfied) in the “campaign against illegal drugs,” “very good” in eight subjects and “good” in eight others.

Surprisingly, the national government got a “very good” +63 (74 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied, 15 percent undecided) in “promoting human rights.”

It got +63 (75 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied, 13 percent undecided) in “helping the poor.”

The Duterte administration bagged “very good” scores in:
– “promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers” (+62)
– “fighting crime” (+58)
– “eradicating graft and corruption” (+57)
– “fighting terrorism” (+55)
– “defending the country’s territorial rights” (+55)
– “distributing lands to deserving tillers under land reform” (+53)

It scored “good” in:
– “developing science and technology” (+49)
– “providing jobs” (+46)
– “reconciliation with Muslim rebels” (+42)
– “foreign relations” (+39)
– “ensuring an efficient transportation system” (+39)
– “reconciliation with communist rebels” (+39)
– “ensuring that no family will ever be hungry” (+37)
– “fighting inflation” (+33)

Also, the government’s net ratings rose by at least one grade in 10 areas:

– “promoting human rights”, “very good” +63 from the “good” +31 in September 2015
– “fighting crime”, “very good” +58 from June’s “good” +31
– “eradicating graft and corruption”, two grades up to “very good” +57 from June’s “moderate” +27
– “fighting terrorism”, three grades up to a “very good” +55 from a “neutral” +7 in April
– “defending the country’s territorial rights”, “very good” +53 from June’s “good” +45
– “distributing lands to deserving tillers under land reform”, “good” +53 from a “good” +36 in December 2012
– “reconciliation with Muslim rebels”, “good” +42 from “moderate” +25 in June
– “reconciliation with communist rebels”, “good” +39 from “moderate” +25 in June
– “ensuring that no family will ever be hungry”, “good” +37 from June’s “moderate” +25
– “fighting inflation”, “good” +33 from a “moderate” +19 in June.
– “helping the poor” and “promoting the welfare of OFWs” stayed at “very good”

Meanwhile, net satisfaction ratings stayed “good” in “providing jobs”, “foreign relations” and “ensuring an efficient transportation system.”

But its “good” net rating for “developing science and technology” was lower than the “very good” +54 in June.

* By geography, social classes

Net ratings were a record-high “excellent” +81 in Mindanao, 21 points up from a “very good” +60; a “very good” +66 in Metro Manila, 34 points up from a “good” +32; “very good” +62 in Visayas; and “very good” +60 in “Balance Luzon” that was 15 points more than June’s “good” +45.

It got a record-high “very good” +68 among Class D, 17 points better than “very good” +51 in June; “very good” +62 in Class E, 12 points better than June’s “very good” +50; and “very good” +58 in Class ABC, 34 points up from “moderate” +24 in June.

The survey was held among 1,200 adults nationwide with sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages and ±6 points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.