The verdict is in.
The first official survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations to measure President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance revealed that 76 percent of Filipinos are very much satisfied with the way he fared during his first 100 days in Malacañang.
The President got a 64-percent net satisfaction rate from the survey conducted in September 24 to 27.
Three-fourths of the respondents from all over the country say they are satisfied by the President’s initial performance, while only 11 percent say they are dissatisfied and 13 percent are undecided.
Eighty-eight percent of respondents from Mindanao were satisfied with the President, while he got 62 percent in Visayas, 57 percent in Metro Manila, and 57 percent in the rest of Luzon.
The firm asked 1,200 respondents from all over the country. The survey has a margin error of ± 3-percent.
A score of 64 percent means President Duterte got a “very good” rating.
The first 100 days of the President is seen by the public as the most important period of Presidency since the influence of a newly elected leader is at its the strongest.
Recipe for success
While it has only been 100 days since President Duterte occupied the highest seat in the land, his leadership has been marked by numerous milestones amid controversies.
Australian businessman Peter Wallace told the media how the Duterte administration triumphed in areas where past Presidents fell short.
Speaking at a press briefing in Malacañang, he said that the President managed to fulfill his promises to the people.
“I’ve been studying this man for quite some time. This is a man who genuinely cares for this country and genuinely cares for its people. And what I particularly like, he cares for what really matters like in the provinces where we have the poorest of the poor and the people suffering the most,” Wallace said.
The biggest accomplishment of the President’s first 100 days, according to Wallace, is the signing of an executive order to implement the Freedom of Information, a measure people have been clamoring for since the days of former President Cory Aquino.
In addition, he also lauded Duterte’s economic team, led by Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez III, for coming up with the 10-point economic agenda, a template to be used by the government in the next six years.
Despite reports saying that the President’s war on drugs has been affecting the country negatively, the founder of the Wallace Business Forum said that these killings do not affect business at all.
“I don’t see it affecting business particularly,” Wallace said. “There’s no question that there has been concern raised by some of the foreign business community over these but nobody is withdrawing. No companies are going out but business is not affected directly.”
Wallace also believes that the Congress should fast-track the approval of the emergency powers the President has been asking for, a step the administration believes to solve the country’s horrendous traffic conditions.
With Filipinos being generally optimistic about the break in of the Duterte administration, how does his approval rate stack up against former Presidents of the country?
Going back to the previous Presidents’ rankings during their first 100 days, Duterte only got the second highest approval rating in all the Presidents after the Martial Law era.
According to a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, other Presidents that also got the same “very good” rating in their initial days were Benigno Aquino III at 60 percent, Joseph Estrada at 60 percent, and Corazon Aquino at 53 percent.
Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who assumed Presidency after the ouster of Estrada in 2001, only received a satisfaction rating of 24 percent, which translates to only “moderate” in SWS terms.
The only President who got a higher net rating than Duterte was Fidel V. Ramos at 66 percent.