Duterte’s higher net satisfaction ratings ‘thought-provoking’—De Lima

President Rodrigo Duterte and Sen. Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOS

“Intriguing and thought-provoking.”

This was how Senator Leila de Lima viewed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey which showed an increase in the satisfaction rating of President Rodrigo Duterte on the fourth quarter of 2017.

De Lima pointed out that the survey resulted to a satisfaction increase among the A and B social classes. But the survey also showed that the satisfaction rating increased across all classes.

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“To be completely honest, I cannot fathom the reasons why the ultra rich – which I presume accounts for perhaps the best educated and informed members of society – would find satisfaction in what is happening in our country lately,” De Lima said in a statement on Wednesday.

The detained senator noted “creeping martial and authoritarian rule, peace and order situation, war on drugs, rampant corruption, and traffic situation” as some of the current conditions of the country under Duterte’s administration.

“Why would the ABs stand for these?” the lawmaker asked.

“Perhaps they are satisfied with what’s going on because they are not adversely affected by the stuff that are happening to our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” she said. “Perhaps they are satisfied because they are, in fact, profiting from the situation.”

According to the survey, Duterte’s net satisfaction ratings bounced back by 10 points to 58 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

SWS said 71 percent of adult Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte’s performance, 13 percent were dissatisfied while 15 percent were undecided.

The survey, which was conducted among 1,200 adults nationwide, had a margin of error of ±3% nationwide, ±4% for Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao. /je