More Filipinos worried about Duterte's health - SWS

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — Concerns over the President's health grew in the latter part of 2018, according to an independent pollster.

In its latest survey, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reported that 66 percent of Filipino adults said that they were worried about the state of President Rodrigo Duterte's health during the last quarter of 2018. This is 11 points more than the 55 percent who had the same sentiment the previous quarter.

More Filipinos also believe that the President has health problems, with a net score of 25, compared to the 19 reported the previous quarter.

According to the SWS, 17 percent of Filipinos strongly believe that Duterte has health problems, while 32 percent somewhat believe. Around 24 percent do not believe while 27 percent are undecided.

SWS found a correlation between those who worry about his health and those who are satisfied with his performance, with satisfied Filipinos more likely to worry.

However, there is no correlation between those who believe that he has health problems and those who were satisfied with his performance.

"Net satisfaction with the President hardly varied by people's opinion about his current state of health," the SWS said.

Per region, more people in Mindnao were worried about Duterte's health, followed by Metro Manila, Visayas, and Balance Luzon.

Belief that Duterte has health problems is strongest in Metro Manila, followed by Balance Luzon, Visayas, then Mindanao. This was also higher in urban areas, and from socioeconomic class ABC.

Malacañang saw concern for the President's health in a positive light.

"It means that not only many Filipinos love the President but those who care for him have increased by 11 percent. Translated into the number of Filipinos caring for the President, that's a huge chunk of the population," Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo said in a statement.

Panelo added the survey results is a "resounding rejection of the opposition, the critics, and the detractors."

The survey was conducted from December 16 to 19, using face-to-face interviews with 1,440 Filipinos age 18 and above, 360 each from Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao.

There is a sampling error margin of 2.6 percent for national percentages, and ±5 percent for regional percentages.

This story has been updated to include statements from Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.