Surveys show Duterte gets highest rating since Cory Aquino

The overall surveys of Social Weather Stations (SWS) net satisfaction ratings of the national administrations show President Rodrigo Duterte getting the highest satisfaction rating since the time of President Corazon Aquino.

The surveys, conducted from February 1989 to December 2018, indicate President Duterte’s administration general performance got the highest +70 rating, posted on December 2017, which makes his administration the only one with an “excellent” rating.

The Duterte administration’s average surveys +62 rating from September2016 to December 2018 is the highest among six administrations rated by SWS as the only administration with “very good” average rating so far.

The average ratings of past Presidents are the following: President Benigno Aquino, +45 rated by SWS as “good”; Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, -2 “neutral”; Joseph Estrada, +15 “moderate”; Fidel Ramos, +13 “moderate”; and Corazon Aquino, 5 “neutral.”

President Duterte’s lowest +50 posted on September 2018 was still within the “very good” rating bracket.

Other past Presidents’ highest and lowest ratings are the following: President Benigno Aquino, +66 “very good” in June 2013 and +19 “moderate” in March 2-15; Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, +27 “moderate” in November 2001 and -45 “bad” in March 2010; Joseph Estrada, +34 “good” in March 1999 and -8 “neutral” in December 1999; Fidel Ramos, +32 “good” in September 1992 and -1 “neutral” December 1996; and Corazon Aquino, +23 “moderate” in February 1989 and -5 “neutral” in April 1992.

The surveys include ratings of satisfaction in the following areas of administration: Helping the poor, fighting inflation, ensuring that no family will ever be hungry and have nothing to eat, foreign relations, fulfilling commitments in international treaties, eradicating graft and corruption in government, defending Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea, building and maintenance of public works like roads and bridges, protection of human rights, promoting women’s rights, deciding quickly on important problems of the country, transparency in providing information about government activities, fighting crimes that victimize ordinary citizens, like killings, holdups, robberies, and physical violence, as well as fighting terrorism, reconciliation with Muslim rebels, and reconciliation with communist rebels.

The surveys were conducted usually every three months in each administration. Each survey is composed of about 1,500 samplings of adults, 18 years old and above, nationwide. Survey areas include Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.

“The quarterly SWS survey items on public satisfaction with the general performance of the national administration, and its performance on specific subjects, are non-commissioned. These items are included on SWS’s own initiative and released as a public service,” SWS indicates on its website.

(Words and artwork by Juan Pulso for