SWS: Duterte rating 'very good' but Filipinos worry about his cursing

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A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows 51 percent of Filipinos believe the President's public cursing of foreign officials puts country in a bad light. (File photo)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipinos gave President Rodrigo Duterte a "very good" public satisfaction rating for his first five months in office, according to a private pollster.

A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey shows 77 percent, or almost 8 in 10 Filipinos were satisfied with the President's performance against only 13 percent who said otherwise, for a net satisfaction rating of +63 percent (rounded off). Some 10 percent were "undecided."

SWS interviewed 1,500 adults nationwide for the survey, which was conducted December 3 to 6, with a margin of error of ±3 percent.

Duterte's December net satisfaction rating is a percentage point down from the +64 he gained in a September survey.

The first Mindanaoan president's rating significantly dropped in Mindanao, his known bailiwick. It dipped 11 points to +74 from +85, but this "excellent" score is still the highest he received across geographic locations.

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

Respondents were asked the question:

"Maaari po bang pakisabi ninyo kung gaano kayo nasisiyahan o hindi nasisiyahan sa pagganap ng tungkulin ni Rodrigo Duterte bilang Presidente ng Pilipinas. Kayo ba ay lubos na nasisiyahan, medyo nasisiyahan, hindi tiyak kung nasisiyahan o hindi, medyo hindi nasisiyahan, lubos na hindi nasisiyahan, o wala pa kayong narinig o nabasa kahit na kailan tungkol kay Rodrigo Duterte?"

[Translation: "Please tell me how satisfied or dissatisfied you are in the performance of Rodrigo Duterte as President of the Philippines. Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, undecided if satisfied or dissatisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, very dissatisfied, or you have not ever heard or read anything about Rodrigo Duterte?"]

51% of Filipinos say Duterte's cursing harms PH

The same Fourth Quarter Survey also asked respondents about their thoughts on the President's habitual cursing in public:

"Gaano po kayo sumasang-ayon o hindi sumasang-ayon sa pangungusap na ito: "Ang nakagawiang pagmumura sa publiko ni Pang. Rodrigo Duterte ng mga banyagang opisyal na hindi niya gusto ay nakakasama sa relasyon ng Pilipinas sa ibang bansa o institusyon ng mga opisyal na ito. (Lubos na sang-ayon, Medyo sang-ayon, Hindi tiyak kung sang-ayon o hindi sang-ayon, Medyo hindi sang-ayon, Lubos na hindi sang-ayon)"

[Translation: How much do you agree or disagree with this statement: "Pres. Rodrigo Duterte's habit of publicly cursing foreign or international officials whom he does not like is harmful to the relations of the Philippines with the countries or institutions of those officials (Strongly agree, Somewhat agree, Undecided if agree or disagree, Somewhat disagree, Strongly disagree)].

More than half (51 percent) of respondents agreed that Duterte's "habit of publicly cursing foreign officials" is harmful to the relations of Philippines with the countries or institutions of those officials. Only 33 percent disagreed, while 17 percent were undecided.

SWS said both items on the survey are non-commissioned.

Duterte hogged international headlines when he supposedly cursed outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama over the issue of extrajudicial killings linked to the the Philippines' bloody drug war. But Duterte later clarified none of his cussing was directed at Obama.

Duterte had also cursed the United Nations, European Union, and the international press over criticisms in his anti-drug campaign.

The tough-talking president promised no more swearing in public when he came home from an official visit to Japan late October. But he broke this vow a few days after when he hit back at U.S. for supposedly stopping the sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police.

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