Philippines: Duterte ratings dip normal but faster-than-average: SWS President

  • President Rodrigo Duterte would have to maintain “good” net satisfaction ratings for a majority of his term to exceed the ratings of his predecessors, SWS president Mahar Mangahas said on 10 Oct 17.
  • Duterte suffered an 18-point plunge in his net satisfaction rating for 3Q17, based on the survey conducted by polling firm Social Weather Stations. The president’s “very good” rating of +66 in 2Q17 declined to a “good” +48 in 3Q17.
  • Mangahas noted that the drop in Duterte’s ratings is faster than average against his predecessors.
  • Duterte, Mangahas said, has already exceeded the so-called honeymoon stage of ousted President Joseph Estrada, who only had one year of “good” ratings. Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, on the other hand, never had a honeymoon period as she never had a rating higher than +30.
  • Corazon Aquino, Ramos and Benigno Aquino III all had “very good” net satisfaction ratings during their fifth quarter in office with +64, +62 and +56, respectively. According to Mangahas, Noynoy Aquino had the longest honeymoon period, which was three years.
  • Mangahas added that the recent drop in Duterte’s ratings would have been due to the rising number of extrajudicial killings in the country. The SWS chief, however, clarified that the killings brought about by Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs are not the sole factor of the dip in his ratings as more surveys need to be done.

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