Results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing an 11-point drop in President Rodrigo Duterte’s net satisfaction rating should not be taken as gospel truth because Malacañang has other surveys that have different results.
“Unang una po, ito’y survey ng SWS. Meron po kaming ibang survey na nagpapakita na iba naman ang resulta,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday, July 11, when he was asked by dzRH’s Henry Uri to comment on the results of the poll firm’s June 27-30, 2018 second quarter survey.
He said the Palace was not in any way perturbed by the results of the SWS survey because the Office of the President had commissioned other poll firms to conduct surveys, whose results were unlike the findings in the SWS poll.
“Alam n’yo po kasi, napakadaming sariling survey din ang Palasyo at ito po’y isa lamang. Hindi ko po alam kung kailan ako bibigyan ng authority, pero meron po talagang ibang survey na iba naman po ang resulta at iba ring kumpanya ang gumawa.”
Roque, however, did not give details about the other surveys because he was still seeking authority to publicly release the results of the said polls.
“Abangan po natin’ yan dahil kagabi po ay hinihingi ko na nga ‘yong authority na ilabas para makita naman [Let’s wait for it because I asked last night to be given authority to release it so the public can see it],” he added.
The June 2018 SWS survey, released to the public on Tuesday, July 10, showed that Duterte’s net satisfaction rating – or the public satisfaction with his performance related to his position or duty – fell to 45 percent or 11 percent lower than his 56 percent net satisfaction rating in March 2018.
Also, based on the same poll, the decrease in Duterte’s net satisfaction rating occurred nationwide – from 54 percent in March 2018 to 34 percent in June 2018 in Metro Manila; from 65 percent to 47 percent in the Visayas during the same period; from 39 percent to 33 percent in Balance Luzon; and from 82 percent to 76 percent in Mindanao.
Also, in urban areas, the President’s net satisfaction rating fell by 18 points to 38 percent in June 2018 from 56 percent in March 2018.
In rural areas, his net satisfaction rating also dropped by 4 points from 56 percent to 52 percent during the same period.
The President’s net satisfaction rating based on socioeconomic class also significantly declined among Filipinos from Class D – from 57 percent in March 2018 to 43 percent in June of the same year or a decrease of 14 points.
But his rating increased among Filipinos belonging to Class ABC – from 63 percent in March 2018 to 66 percent in June 2018 and also among those in Class E – from 48 percent to 52 percent during the same period.
Roque: Despite drop, Duterte still has highest rating compared to that of past presidents
Despite the 11-point decline in Duterte’s overall net satisfaction rating, the chief executive still has the highest net satisfaction rating if results of the SWS survey on his performance after his second year in office would be compared to that of past presidents during the same period, according to Roque.
“Pero gano’n pa man, sabihin na nating ‘yan po ang tamang resulta, eh kinumpara po namin sa mga naging resulta para sa ibang mga naging presidente natin matapos po ang dalawang (taon), eh pinakamataas pa rin po ang rating…ng ating Presidente kung ikukumpara do’n sa mga naging presidente at a certain period of time, after the second year,” said Duterte’s spokesperson.
“So ahead pa rin po ang Presidente historically [So the President is still ahead historically],” said Roque, adding that a net satisfaction of 45 percent “isn’t bad but still satisfactory.”
Also, the President’s spokesperson stressed that Duterte does not lead for ratings. He said the President’s performance yardstick depends on whether he would be able to fulfill his promise to address corruption and illegal drugs and make people’s lives more comfortable.
“Gano’n pa man, ang Presidente naman hindi naman ‘yan namumuno para sa rating. Ginagawa n’ya ang kanyang pangako at simple lang po ang pangako n’ya: kontra-korapsyon, kontra-droga, at mas kumpotableng buhay,” Roque said.