MAJORITY of Filipinos or 52 percent expect President Duterte to fulfill all or most the promises that he made when he ran for the top government post in 2016, the December 13 to 16 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The survey, which involved 1,200 adult respondents nationwide with a margin of error of ±3 percent, also showed that 72 percent are worried about the President’s health (down from 76 percent in June 2019) while 28 percent are not worried (up from 26 percent).
The same poll also found that Duterte’s net public satisfaction rating was up to +72 in the fourth quarter of 2019 (82 percent satisfaction, 10 percent dissastifaction) which is 7 points up from the +65 in the third quarter of last year (78 percent satisfaction, 13 percent dissatisfaction).
Communication Secretary Martin Andanar said the President continues to enjoy the support of the people because “they feel his legacy of real change.”
“President Duterte has been reliable and as good as his word in responding to the needs of Filipinos, with his service and concern being felt by all. This is why the increase in satisfaction with the President’s performance also cuts across different demographics…It is also why majority of Filipinos believe that the President will fulfill his promises,” he said.
Andanar said while Duterte is thankful, he also remains committed to undertake the necessary programs and services to be able to provide a comfortable life for all and to realize a fulfillment of his promises.
Among the promises made by Duterte during the campaign was to address corruption, illegal drugs and crime in the country.
The SWS said 52 percent of the respondents expects the President to fulfill all or nearly all/most of his promises (composed of 16 percent who answered all or nearly all and 36 percent who answered most) while 49 percent (42 percent said a few, and 5 percent answered none or almost none) believes Duterte would only fulfil a few to none of his promises.
The 52 percent is 4 points above the 48 percent in December 2018, and 11 points down from the 63 percent recorded in June 2016 or shortly after he won the presidency. It is also 17 up from the lowest rating of 35 percent in September 2017 or a little over a year since Duterte assumed office.
The polling firm said the 4 points was due to the increases of 6 points in Metro Manila (47 percent up from 41 percent), 5 points Visayas (51 percent up from 46 percent), 4 points in Mindanao (54 percent up from 50 percent) and 3 points in Luzon (52 percent from 49 percent).
The SWS also said that 72 percent are worried about Duterte’s health (47 percent somewhat worried, 25 percent worried a great deal) while 28 percent are not worried (15 percent somewhat not worried, 13 percent not worried at all).
Those who are worried about the President’s health was highest in Mindanao at 77 percent (down by 8 points from 85 percent), followed by those from the Visayas at 75 percent (down by 4 points from 79 percent), from Metro Manila at 73 percent (up by 7 points from 66 percent), and from Luzon at 69 percent (down by 1 point from 70 percent).
SWS also found that more people from Luzon and the masses were satisfied with the performance of President Duterte during the last quarter of 2019.
This led to an improved net satisfaction rating of an “excellent” +72 (82 percent satisfaction, 10 percent dissatisfaction) in the fourth quarter of 2019 which is 7 points up from a “very good” +65 (78 percent satisfaction, 13 percent dissatisfaction) in the third quarter of 2019.
SWS described a net satisfaction rating +70 and above as “excellent;” +50 to +69 as “very good;” +30 to +49 as “good;” +10 to +29 as “moderate” as +9 to -9, “neutral;” -10 to -29 as “poor;” -30 to -49 as “bad;” -50 to -69 as “very bad;” -70 and below as “execrable.”
The survey firm said the 7-point rise in the President net satisfaction rating was due to the increases of 12 points in Luzon (+66 from +54), of 5 points in Mindanao (+81 from +76), of 4 points at the Visayas (+79 from +75), combined with the unchanged +66 net satisfaction score in Metro Manila.