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Palace twits critics after SWS survey results

July 09, 2019 - Tuesday 12:07 PM by Jon Joaquin

Article Banner Image THUMBS UP. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while delivering his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials in Malacañang on July 8, 2019 -- the same day a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed his satisfaction rating reaching a “personal record-high.” ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed President Rodrigo Duterte getting a “personal record-high” in his approval rating.

“Here we are again. The increasing satisfaction rating of the President is getting to be an habitual vexing news to the critics, detractors and the opposition,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“The more they hit PRRD (Duterte’s initials) with dirt, the more people trust him. The more the Left assault him with a torrent of false narratives, the greater our people admire him. The uglier the militant groups of the church paint the Chief Executive, the prettier his image becomes, and the more the biased media assault him with negative propaganda, the more the people are enamoured with him,” he added.

In its website, the SWS said President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating rose to a personal record-high of +68% in its second quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey conducted from June 22-26, 2019.

Graphic from Social Weather Stations (SWS)

Survey says...

The non-commissioned survey, which SWS released on July 8, 2019, found 80% of adult Filipinos satisfied, 9% undecided, and 12% dissatisfied with Duterte's performance as President.

Compared with March 2019, gross satisfaction with the President rose by 1 point from 79%, gross undecided rose by 1 point from 8%, and gross dissatisfaction fell by 1 point from 13%.

This gives a net satisfaction rating of +68 (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied), classified by SWS as very good.

READ: SWS survey shows Duterte's satisfaction rating rising to personal record-high

According to SWS, this is "a new personal record-high that surpassed the previous record of very good +66 in March 2019 and June 2017.”

SWS said the June 2019 Social Weather Survey was conducted from June 22-26, 2019 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide (300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Panelo noted that the survey data was gathered at the height of the Recto Bank incident – “an issue which the anti-Duterte forces pulverised the President with venom, and until now pilloried ad nauseum.”

Panelo also said the President’s rising satisfaction rating shows that even former cynics are believing in his honest intentions for the country.

“They see how PRRD translates his words into action with his programs and policies positively experienced by them,” he said.

Panelo said while President Duterte himself “shrugs off and is nonchalant” about the survey results, “we can not but treat this unprecedented excellent rating as a thumbs up sign that the President is on the right track in his policies and actions of governance.”

“It is likewise a complete repudiation of his political nemeses and hecklers who remain chained to their bias and prejudice,” he added.

Decline in Mindanao

According to SWS, the 2-point rise in President Duterte's net satisfaction rating from March 2019 to June 2019 was due to an increase in Balance Luzon, offset by declines in Mindanao, the Visayas, and Metro Manila.

“President Duterte’s net satisfaction rating stayed very good in Balance Luzon, at a new record-high +65 (78% satisfied, 13% dissatisfied) in June 2019, up by 9 points from +56 (73% satisfied, 17% dissatisfied) in March 2019. This surpassed the previous record of very good +60 in December 2016,” the survey firm said.

SWS said the President’s satisfaction rating was down 7 points from the record-high +88 (92% satisfied, 5% dissatisfied, correctly rounded) in March.

Still, the Mindanao rating stayed in “excellent” territory, it added.

While the SWS does not mention it, the survey was also taken at the height of the President’s order to shut down the operations of companies in Mindanao offering investment schemes that he said were illegal.

One such firm, Kapa-Community Ministry, claims to have five million members, a number of whom have publicly said they were withdrawing their support from the Mindanaoan President.