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Drop in Duterte’s satisfaction rating ‘insignificant’ – Palace

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By Prince Golez

Despite a drop in President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating, Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the results of the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said the decline in the net satisfaction rating of Duterte was “insignificant.”

The SWS poll, conducted from September 27 to 30 with 1,800 adult respondents, showed 78 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte’s performance as chief executive. His net satisfaction rating fell by three points to +65 but remained “very good.”

“Considering the national sampling error margin at plus/minus 2.3%, we consider the dip in satisfaction, which stood at 80%, or +68, last June 2019 as insignificant. In fact, the independent pollster classified (Duterte’s) June and September ratings as ‘very good’,” Panelo told reporters.

The chief presidential legal counsel said Duterte does not mind survey ratings and is committed in securing and ensuring the welfare and protection of the Filipino people.

“While the President would simply shrug off his survey numbers, saying he is not interested in any popularity contest relative to his governance because with or without a soaring satisfaction rating, he is unaffected and will just continue to do his constitutional task of serving and protecting the people even at the loss of his life, liberty and honour, it is indisputable that the Filipino people remain enamoured with President Duterte, as well as in his policies and actions of governance, to the consternation and envy of his incorrigible critics and detractors,” he added.

Meanwhile, Panelo said the Office of the President encouraged government workers to “remain tireless and hardworking in the service of the nation” to give a safe and comfortable life for all Filipinos.

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