THE “record high” rating President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration received in the recently released Social Weather Stations survey is a “hard slap” on critics who “doubted the President’s policies,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said after the administration yielded a +72 net satisfaction rating in the polling firm’s First Quarter 2019 survey released Friday.
Malacañang said the rating was the highest received by any administration since SWS started doing surveys in February 1989.
Panelo said the rise in the administration’s satisfaction rating is proof that the “efforts of this Administration in serving the nation and the Filipinos are starting to bear fruit.”
“Our countrymen’s towering satisfaction in favor of our hardships and attainments is a hard slap on the face of the opposition and our detractors never gave the leadership of Presidente Duterte a chance to show them his competence in administering the nation’s affairs.”
The survey found that the Duterte administration posted marked improvements on several issues, including a rise from a “very good” +68 in the last quarter to a record-high “excellent” +72 in helping the poor.
It remained “very good” on fighting terrorism (+58) and reconstructing Marawi City (+58).
Respondents also gave government a “good” rating on fighting crimes (+48), reconciling with communist rebels (record-high +45), reconciling with Muslim rebels (+44), eradicating graft and corruption (+41), foreign relations (+41), and defending Philippine sovereignty in the West Philippine Sea (+40).
Malacañang also noted the Filipino’s appreciation of the government’s efforts in fighting poverty and terrorism.
Panelo called on the administration’s critics to “wake up” and instead “contribute to the building of our nation.”
The survey involved 1,440 Filipino adults, with 81 percent satisfied with the national government’s general performance, 10 percent undecided, and 9 percent dissatisfied.
The results came just more than a week before the May elections.
Several candidates consider the popular President’s endorsement a big boost.