PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte maintained his “very good” net public satisfaction rating this quarter but his harsh rhetoric against foreign allies and partners sparked concern among majority of Filipinos, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.
The fourth quarter survey with 1,500 respondents found 77 percent of Filipinos satisfied, with 10 percent still undecided and 13 percent who registered dissatisfaction with the President’s performance.
Duterte, however, got a “lower” net satisfaction rating of +63 classified as “very good,” down by 3 points from the +66 marks he got in his first 100 days in office.
Across geographical areas, the President’s satisfaction score suffered significantly in Mindanao, dropping 11 points from +85 to +74, but still remaining “excellent” and the best reading among all geographical areas.
Duterte’s habit of publicly cursing foreign officials whom he doesn’t like registered a strong distaste from the public, with 51 percent of respondents saying that his cussing could harm the Philippines’ relations with other countries or institutions.