SWS poll shows Filipinos are satisfied with the government's anti-drug campaign

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 22) — The latest poll from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that most Filipinos are happy with the administration's campaign against illegal drugs.

The Second Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey was released Sunday and said 82% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the government's anti-drug campaign. "This gives a net satisfaction rating of +70, classified by SWS as excellent," the report said.

The poll was conducted from June 22-26 this year and was done through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide.

According to the survey, the top reasons for the respondents' favorable opinion of the government's anti-drug efforts were the following: drug suspects have lessened; drug suspects have been arrested; less crime; diminished drug trade; and, peace and order has improved.

However, 12 percent of those who participated in the poll said they were dissatisfied with the anti-drug drive, and the most common reason was that the drug trade and drug suspects "are still prevalent".

Other reasons for the disatisfaction were: there were too many killings; abuse of power and bias in the operations; too many wrongful uspects/arrests/mistaken identity; and, suspects were being killed.

The SWS poll also revealed those who were most satisfied with the anti-drug drive were those who were similarly satisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's performance.

The pollster added: "At the same time, net satisfaction with Pres. Duterte is a good +40 among those who are undecided about the anti-illegal drugs campaign."

Respondents in Mindanao were the most satisfied with the anti-drug campaign (+84), followed by Balance Luzon or all provinces in Luzon except Metro Manila (+69), Metro Manila (+64), and then the Visayas (+60).