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SWS: 63% optimistic Duterte will deliver promise of change

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More than three out of five Filipinos believe President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver on at least most of his campaign promises, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations.

The SWS said its survey conducted June 24 to 27 showed 63 percent of 1,200 adults interviewed expect Duterte “to fulfill most, if not all, of his promises.”

SWS released the results of its survey early July 25, hours before Duterte was to deliver his first State of the Nation Address, on its media partner BusinessWorld (

Of the 63 percent who expressed optimism, 22 percent said Duterte could fulfill “all or nearly all” of his campaign promises, while 41 percent said he could fulfill “most” of his promises.

Some 32 percent said they expect “a few” of his promises would be fulfilled, while one percent said “none or almost none,” and three percent could not answer.

Of those who are undecided, 41 percent said most if not all promises will be fulfilled. Of those with “little trust,” it was 30 percent, and 32 percent for those with “very little trust.”

By geographical area, optimism was 75 percent in Mindanao, where 26 percent believe Duterte can fulfill “all or almost all” of his promises while 49 percent said he can deliver on most.

It was 66 percent in Metro Manila with 24 percent saying he can fulfill “all or almost all” his promises and 42 percent said he can fulfill most.

The score was 60 percent in Balance Luzon (22 percent “all or almost all,” 38 percent “most”); and 54 percent in Visayas (18 percent “all or almost all,” 36 percent “most”).

But it was in Visayas where the highest percentage of respondents (39 percent) expect Duterte to fulfill “a few” of his promises, and six percent “none or almost none.”

By class, those who believe Duterte can fulfill most if not all his promises include 69 percent from Class ABC, 63 percent from Class D and 65 percent from Class E.

By gender, this sentiment was shared by 65 percent of female respondents and 62 percent of male respondents.

By age, it was shared by 66 percent of those aged 25 to 34; 66 percent of those at least 55 years old; 62 percent of those aged 18 to 24 and 35 to 44; and 59 percent of those aged 45 to 54.

The survey involved interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide. It had a sampling error of ±3 percent for national percentages and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.