PH satisfaction with Duterte hits record high amid Marawi crisis – SWS

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Malacañang says the survey results show public support of President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao and his actions to address the Marawi crisis.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 7) —  President Rodrigo Duterte reached a record-high satisfaction rating in a nationwide survey on his performance, a private pollster said Friday.

Duterte received a net satisfaction rating of +66  for the second quarter of 2017, up by three points from his +63 score in the previous quarter, the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

This net rating, considered "very good" on the SWS scale, is the highest the President has received since October 2016, when SWS first surveyed public satisfaction with his performance after he assumed the presidency on June 30, 2016.

Of 1,200 respondents in the latest June 23-26, 2017 survey, almost eight in 10 or 78 percent said they were "satisfied" with Duterte's performance, against only 12 percent who said otherwise. Ten percent were undecided.

The results of the survey have a margin of error of ±3 percent. SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings over +70 as "excellent," +50 to +69 "very good," +30 to +49 "good," and +10 to +29 "moderate."

The latest survey was conducted a month into the Marawi City crisis in the province of Lanao del Sur. A battle between government security forces and ISIS-linked Maute group broke out on May 23, prompting President Duterte to declare martial law throughout Mindanao on May 23.

Read: What you need to know about martial law in Mindanao

Net satisfaction rating with Duterte's performance jumped up 11 points from "very good" in Visayas to +73 or "excellent."  However, it was a steep decline by 12 points to +75, still considered "excellent" in Mindanao, where the President hails from.

His net satisfaction rating rose by seven points to +58 in Luzon, and rose by a notch to +64 in Metro Manila, the survey said.

The results of the survey "shows tacit public support to the President's action following the rebellion in Marawi," Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a press briefing in Malacañang on Friday.

"This positive acknowledgement of the Filipino people further motivates the administration to work for the restoration of normalcy in Marawi and to start its rehabilitation as well as to bring comfortable life to all Filipinos, including Muslim Filipinos," Abella added.