SATISFACTION with President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs remains at "very high" net satisfaction rating of +63, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from September 23 to 27.
The SWS said 77 percent respondents to the nationwide survey said they were satisfied with the Duterte administration's drugs crackdown, while 14 percent expressed dissatisfaction.
The survey yielded a net satisfaction score of "very good" +63, just two-percentage points below the "very good" +65 recorded in June.
The SWS interviewed 1,500 adult respondents – 600 in Balance Luzon, and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The pollster used sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages, ±4 percentage points for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.
SWS said the two-percentage points drop in nationwide satisfaction with Duterte's stern approach against narcotics trade was due to diminishing support in Metro Manila and Balance Luzon.
A 16-percentage points dip in Manila's net satisfaction score was registered, from +77 percent (86 percent satisfied, nine percent dissatisfied) in June to +61 (77 percent satisfied, 16 percent dissatisfied) in September.
The SWS revealed that net satisfaction rating fell by seven percentage points in Balance Luzon, from +61 (75 percent satisfied, 14 percent dissatisfied) in June to +54 (72 percent satisfied, 17 percent dissatisfied) in September.
Despite the decreased support in Manila and Balance Luzon, net satisfaction was highest in Mindanao, which rose by 11-percentage points from June’s +66 (79 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) to September’s +77 (85 percent satisfied, seven percent dissatisfied).
There was also a four-percentage points increase in Visayas, with +68 (80 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) from June’s +64 (78 percent satisfied, 14 percent dissatisfied).
'Less addicts observed in past 6 months'
The same survey also revealed that 71 percent of respondents believed that there were "less" drug addicts in the past six months.
Only nine percent said there were "more" drug addicts while 12 percent said the number of people involved in drug proliferations remained the same.
Around 85 percent respondents in Mindanao told SWS that there were fewer drug addicts now, three percent said there were “more,” and seven percent said it was just the same.
This was followed by Balance Luzon (68 percent said “less,” eight percent said "more," 14 percent said “same”), Manila (66 percent said "less," 15 percent said "more," 16 percent said “same”), and Visayas (65 percent said “less,” 13 percent said “more,” 14 percent said “same”).
The SWS poll came after another survey conducted by pollster Pulse Asia from September 24 to 30 showed that 88 percent of Filipinos still support Duterte’s drug war while only two percent opposed his campaign against narcotics sale. (SunStar Philippines)