Poll shows majority in Philippines satisfied with Duterte

Associated Press –

6 October 2016

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An independent poll released Thursday showed
that more than three-quarters of Filipinos are satisfied with President
Rodrigo Duterte, even though he is under fire internationally for his
deadly crackdown on suspected drug dealers and users.

The survey, conducted by Social Weather Stations from Sept. 24 to Sept.
27 and published Thursday, shows 76 percent of 1,200 adults polled
nationwide were satisfied with Duterte’s performance, 11 percent were
dissatisfied, and 13 percent were undecided. There was a margin of error
of 3 percentage points.

The poll, which described Duterte’s net rating as “very good,” comes
nearly three months after he took office and with his anti-drug
crackdown, which has left more than 3,600 suspected drug dealers and
pushers dead, raising alarms at the United Nations, the EU, the U.S. and
human rights watchdogs.

The brash-speaking leader has been hypersensitive to such criticism, and
the latest survey was carried out just before he raised his rhetoric on
Sept. 30, comparing his anti-drug campaign to Hitler and the Holocaust
and saying he would be “happy to slaughter” an estimated 3 million
Filipino addicts — a remark he has since apologized for.

He has unleashed a number of expletive-laced tirades against his
critics, telling President Barack Obama “you can go to hell,” and saying
he may eventually decide to “break up with America.” He has also lashed
out at the European Union and the U.N.

In his latest remarks Thursday, Duterte dared Obama and the EU to
withdraw their financial assistance from the Philippines over their
criticisms of his bloody crackdown, but warned of an unspecified
backlash. There has been no known official declaration by the U.S. or EU
of a threat to withdraw assistance from the Philippines.

“Go away, bring your money to somewhere else, we will survive as a
nation,” Duterte said in a speech in southern Butuan city. “How do you
look at us? Mendicants?”

“But, let’s see, there is always a day for reckoning. Not all the times
are yours,” he said.

The crackdown has reduced the crime rate in Manila by half, Duterte
said, adding he did not expect Obama or the EU to understand “the pain
we are suffering” from the drug menace.

The survey showed respondents in the southern Philippine region of
Mindanao, an insurgency-ridden region where Duterte is from, gave him
the highest rating, with 88 percent satisfied and just 4 percent not


Associated Press writer Jim Gomez contributed to this story.