AMID the Marawi crisis and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, more Filipinos have expressed satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte's performance.
Based on the latest survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS), conducted from June 23 to 26, Duterte earned a net satisfaction score of +66, three percentage points higher than the +63 he received in March this year.
This is Duterte's highest rating since he assumed office in July last year.
Fewer people in Mindanao, however, were satisfied as indicated by a 12-percentage-point decline in the President's net rating there to +75 from +87 in March.
A score of +75 (83 percent satisfied, eight percent dissatisfied) is still considered "excellent."
It was also the highest rating that Duterte received, followed by Visayas with "excellent" +73; Luzon with "very good" +58; and Manila with "very good" +63.
Overall, 78 percent of the 1,200 respondents nationwide said they were satisfied with the President's performance while 12 percent said they were dissatisfied, resulting in a net satisfaction rating of +66. Only 10 percent of the respondents were ambivalent.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said the latest survey results signified the "massive" public support for the President's implemented policies and programs.
"The survey result, three percent higher from March 2017, 75 percent, is a clear indication of the growing confidence in the Chief Executive and in his performance as the country's leader," Abella said.
He said the government was elated by the people's support.
"This positive acknowledgment of the Filipino people further motivates the administration to work for the restoration of normalcy in Marawi, and to start its rehabilitation, as well as to bring a comfortable life for all Filipinos, including Muslim Filipinos," he added.
The President's net satisfaction rating stayed "very good" across socioeconomic classes.
Class ABC had a net score of +59, up three percentage points while Classes D and E registered +66 and +67 net scores, respectively.
The SWS interviewed 1,200 respondents exactly a month after the President placed Mindanao under martial law on May 23 in a knee-jerk reaction to the gunfight that broke out in Marawi City on the same day. Fighting in Marawi has persisted, with the Maute group still holed up in four of the city's 96 barangays.
The SWS survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages and 6 percentage points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. (SunStar Philippines)