Duterte's satisfaction rating plunges below 50 per cent amid drug killings

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2017

The data showed a sharp decline in the President's popularity from June, when another survey by the polling company had shown that 78 per cent of Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte while 12 per cent had said they were dissatisfied and 10 per cent were undecided.

Political analyst Ramon Casiple, head of the country's Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said it was normal for a president's rating to fall during his time in office, but concern over the high death toll in his signature war on drugs will have weighed on sentiment.

Duterte started his presidency with a net satisfaction rating of +64 and a net trust rating of +76. The government says about 3,800 people have died at the hands of police in the drugs war, while Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International say the number is more than 7,000. "The results would also bear the continuous decline of Duterte's net satisfaction among Class D or the "masa" which are the main victims of the selective war on drugs", he said.

"It's very encouraging to know that the Filipino people are beginning to see the light", said Senator Antonio Trillanes, a fierce opponent who has recently accused the president of concealing his wealth when he was Davao City mayor.

"President Duterte's authoritarian style of governance is losing its appeal and support among the public".

"Recent weeks' developments have not been generally favorable to President Duterte, but his base of support remains solid, in my view".

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"They are now seeing Duterte for who he really is: a lying, rude, amoral, corrupt and oppressive former mayor who is totally incompetent about governance at the national level", the former Navy captain said.

"The significant drop in the President's numbers is expected because while his government was focused on killing the poor and balkanizing our democratic institutions, his administration has miserably failed to deliver on his promises - peace in Mindanao, housing, solutions to traffic, end to endo, employment, among others", the group said.

The survey was conducted among 1,500 respondents in the whole country from September 23-27.

Sen. JV Ejercito said the President's men should expedite reforms and infrastructure projects for the public to appreciate what the administration has done to uplift their living condition.

In separate interviews, the senators agreed the survey results should serve as "a wake-up call" that Duterte can heed, or ignore at his own risk.

One of the President's allies, however, said she believed the drop in ratings can "turn around" in weeks.

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