MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed the results of a survey which showed that his popularity was at 65 percent, the lowest in his two years in office, state media reported Wednesday.
In a survey conducted by the social research institution, Social Weather Stations (SWS), from June 27 to 30 of 1,200 adults, 65 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte, 20 percent were dissatisfied and 15 percent were undecided.
The leader has lost 15 percentage points since the last survey was carried out in March.
“I don’t care, make it 15. It does not interest me at all,” Duterte told reporters after delivering a speech on Tuesday at the National MSME Summit 2018 in Pampanga, the official Philippine News Agency reported.
Presidential spokesperson, Harry Roque, said the survey showed that Duterte retained the country’s backing.
“The survey evidently showed that – despite several challenges surrounding his presidency at the time the survey was conducted – Duterte still enjoyed the confidence of the majority of Filipinos,” Roque said.
The survey was held shortly after Duterte angered several religious groups when he called God “stupid,” in a country where 86 percent of the population is Catholic.
He also provoked the ire of feminist organizations for kissing a woman onstage during a public event in Seoul in June.
According to SWS, Duterte’s popularity reached 45 points out of 100, considered “good” as compared to the “very good” rating of 56 points he achieved in March.
The survey reveals that the main losses came in urban areas, especially in Manila, where his rating declined from “very good” to “good”; while in his native island of Mindanao his popularity stayed at “excellent.”
Duterte’s popularity declined more among the middle and lower classes, which make up the majority of voters, from “very good” to “good,” although it remained at “very good” among the richer classes.
Duterte’s points also fell across all age groups except among 18 to 24 year olds.