President Rodrigo Duterte has maintained his “very good” net satisfaction rating of 60 percent based on the December 2021 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
This is remarkable as a “very good” or “good” satisfaction rating is usually achieved during a president’s “honeymoon” period or the first months of his or her administration, based on past surveys conducted by SWS on the past presidents starting from the late Corazon “Cory” Aquino.
Duterte, for his part, has maintained his popularity in the last year of his administration as if it was a honeymoon period.
SWS President and CEO Linda Luz Guerrero even said that Duterte is still in his “honeymoon phase” even if he is ending his term in June this year.
Duterte’s 60-percent “very good” net satisfaction rating is 8 percent higher than the president’s rating in September 2021. However, this was 19-percent lower than Duterte’s rating in November 2020.
So far, Duterte’s lowest net satisfaction was in June 2018 at +45.
According to SWS, a honeymoon phase in terms of satisfaction rating refers to the period when net satisfaction is at least +30, which is a “good” rating.
Guerrero said that at least three factors may have contributed to Duterte’s recent high satisfaction rating: strong base support, satisfaction with the administration’s governance and specific policy issues and approval of his perceived decisiveness and diligence.
“Of the three types of factors, perception of his character appears to be the most important factor explaining satisfaction and dissatisfaction with President Duterte,” she said.