Gov't bags 'very good' SWS satisfaction rating: Drug war 'excellent,' 'very good' in human rights

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipinos gave the Duterte administration a "very good" public satisfaction rating in its first three months in office, according to a private pollster.

The Social Weather Stations (SWS) said the government got the highest approval for its war on drugs and the promotion of human rights in a survey conducted on September 24 to 27, nearly a hundred days after President Rodrigo Duterte took office on June 30 on the back of an anti-crime and anti-corruption platform.

Of 1,200 respondents, 75 percent or 7 in 10 Filipinos were satisfied with government's performance against only 8 percent who said otherwise, for a net satisfaction rating of 66 percent. Seventeen percent were "undecided."

SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings over 70 percent as "excellent," +50 to +69 "very good," and +30 to +49 "good."

The drug war had an excellent 78 percent net satisfaction rating, with 85 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied with the campaign. Only 7 percent were dissatisffied and the other 7 percent were undecided.

Police data show 1,881 suspects were killed in anti-drug operations from July 1 to November 15.

But world leaders such as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and U. S. President Barack Obama have expressed misgiving on the killings resulting from the campaign. The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said her office will closely monitore the Philippines over "worrying" reports of alleged extrajudicial killings.

Also read: Duterte invites U.N., E.U. and rapporteurs to investigate alleged summary killings

Despite criticisms, government still obtained a "very good" 63 percent score in "promoting human rights." Seventy-four percent said they were satisfied with efforts to uphold human rights, while 11 percent were dissatisfied and 15 percent undecided.

While many are pleased with the war on drugs, the survey also showed seven in 10 Filipinos or 71 percent believe it's "very important" for drug suspects to be caught alive.

Also read: Filipinos satisfied with Duterte's drug war, but want suspects alive - SWS

The Duterte administration also obtained "very good" net satisfaction scores on the following issues:

  • Promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) (62 percent)
  • Fighting crime (58 percent)
  • Eradicating graft and corruption (57 percent)
  • Fighting terrorism (55 percent)
  • Defending the country's territorial rights (55 percent)
  • Distributing lands to deserving tillers under land reform (53 percent)

It gained "good" ratings on the following:

  • Developing science and technology (49 percent)
  • Providing jobs (46 percent)
  • Reconciliation with Muslim rebels (42 percent)
  • Foreign relations (39 percent)
  • Ensuring an efficient transportation system (39 percent)
  • Reconciliation with communist rebels (39 percent)
  • Ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (37 percent)
  • Fighting inflation (33 percent)

Results of the survey, which has a margin of error of ±3 percent, were released by SWS's media partner BusinessWorld on its website Thursday.

Malacañang thanked the public for the high satisfaction rating, and promised no let-up in its anti-drug and anti-terrorism efforts.

The survey is "a source of inspiration and strength to the President and his entire team to double their time and energy to rid society of drugs, criminality, and corruption while bringing the fruits of sustainable inclusive development down to our grassroots," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.