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President will ignore ratings



President Duterte said Saturday he doesn’t care about ratings in public opinion surveys. He said he will just continue doing his job.

With the ratings recently produced by the nation’s two principal survey organizations – Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia – we can see one reason the President said he doesn’t care about ratings. SWS found a big drop in the President’s trust rating to 60 percent and his satisfaction rating to 48 percent in its September survey. A few days later, Pulse Asia reported on its survey in the same month — both trust and approval ratings of the President were a high 80 percent.

Pulse Asia sought to explain the disparity by saying the two surveys were based on interviews with two different groups of respondents as samples. If the results were that different, there must be something wrong in the sampling techniques of either or both organizations. The sample of 1,500 respondents is supposed to reflect the thinking of 100 million Filipinos. Too many city folk vs country people in a sample, for example, would skew the results.

There is also the factor of bias in the wording of the question, in the place and time of the interview, in the physical appearance of the interviewer. For example, did he look like a government employee? Or perhaps a policeman?

It is unfortunate that there was so much disparity in the findings of the two survey organizations. Differences of a few points can be easily explained but there is just too much distance between SWS’s 48 percent and Pulse Asia’s 80 percent satisfaction ratings.

We hope the survey organizations will be able to resolve their differences and restore whatever loss of confidence may have resulted from their contrasting survey findings. In between elections, surveys are still the best way the people can tell their officials how they feel and think and what they want.

For President Duterte, his immediate reaction was that he would ignore the surveys and just concentrate on doing his job as president of the country. He has already begun the job of ending the drug menace and corruption in the government. He will soon begin a massive infrastructure program that will push national economic development.

He will be seeing and serving the nation as a whole but he should also make a special effort to see the needs of the people – especially the poor ones — who make up the nation.

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  • Felipe Soriano

    “President Duterte said Saturday he doesn’t care about ratings in public opinion surveys. He said he will just continue doing his job.”…………..When you do a 6 year job where the welfare of 100 million people depends, feedback is required for correction and improvement of your actions.

    • Melenggay Laranery

      When he sings “My way” then you should know feedback in not in the picture.

    • Catalyst of Change

      It is not healthy if a lot of people is whispering on your ear, it is better to work alone and do whatever is best for all of us. Why in the first place listen to all of the people, we elected him to that position to decide for us because we trusted him. Besides, kokonti lang magagawa kapag ikokonsidera mo lahat ng kapritso ng tao. Babagal pa.

  • Meltdown

    Like Donald Trump as sicked president, DuDirty doesn’t care about survey as long has he continue doing his personal agenda inconsistent with the rule of law.

  • sam nicolas

    PCSO Management should be axed

    It’s time to show the present PCSO management the door. Corpuz and Balutan have failed miserably in maximizing the great potential of this frontline agency. PCSO was created as a government owned and controlled corporation to enable it to better perform its mandate of raising much-needed funds for the President’s social amelioration projects which could impact the lives of poor Filipinos.

    Despite its lofty, noble mandate, PCSO has never fully realized its tremendous potential of providing this crucial charity assistance and medical help for our poor. It has instead been crippled and stymied by corruption perpetrated by its successive management team

    • myca delos santos

      pcso office is full of graft and corruption and should change leadership. they are failing the government and the good initiatives of our president. they should immediately leave their position and look for honest government officials who will take over and support our goverment,,

    • michael timbreza

      our president clearly indicated that he is not corrupt but pcso officials are still corrupt and not supporting the initiatives of the government. they should be investigated and if found guilty of corruption should be removed and punished according to our laws and our constittution,

    • trisha hipolito

      we have a very honest president however he is not getting the required support from his pcso officials. they should resign immediately and not stay any longer in their role as they are showing true support for the current government. corruption must stop at all levels of government.

    • melaisison

      corruption must stop and our president is working hard to do this for the entire government. pcso is considered as corrupt as they are not providing funds for the government even if the people support their products like lottery, etc. the top officials of pcso must be pressured to step down and not allow our president to be embarrassed,,

  • sam nicolas

    pcso officers should resign immediately as they are failing the government and our president. they should be ashamed of themselves as they are not supporting the goals of our government in providing funds for government projects and other tasks for the people/

  • myca delos santos

    this shows that the current pcso officers are not doing their jobs effectively. they have the official approval for lottery operations and yet they fail in supporting the goals of the administration. they should be ashamed of themselves and not stay in their position any longer,

  • michael timbreza

    the pcso has good intentions in helping support government spending and funds for the people. instead the current officials of the pcso are involved in corrupt actions which do not benefit the government or the people. there should be a change in pcso officials immediately,,

  • trisha hipolito

    the pcso is a good source of funds for our government however it is not managed properly by the current officials. they should be investigated and removed from their positions immediately. we should not allow these types of officials to continue serving our government and the people,

  • general problem

    Pulse asia result – 86% approved; 6% disapproved. sampled survey people are from davao. well that’s what you call home court advantage. SWS result – 67% satisfied; 19% dissatisfied. sample survey people are those rallyist last Sept 21 who are supposedly all against digong…even in their home court (YELLOWISH/COMMUNIST/LEFTIST/DRUGGIES/TERRORIST) they have no advantage..

    • Catalyst of Change

      Pucha nalito ako ah, di ko alam kung i-up vote ba kita or i-down vote. Pula or itim. Saan ka?

  • melaisison

    our president hates corruption and this declining sales of pcso clearly shows that corruption is very high in that agency. we know that people are buying lottery and yet they are declining sales. these officials should be removed immediately they are corrupt and not capable,,

  • Catalyst of Change

    Na resolves na ang disparity, SWS made a new survey and they netted almost similar results with that of Pulse Asia. There must be something wrong with SWS?

    However, for no apparent reason , the Inquirer refuse to publish the ACTUAL SATISFACTION Rating of Duterte and instead issued this statement in their news article:

    Respondents’ net satisfaction with the performance of President Rodrigo Duterte was also higher among those satisfied with the campaign against illegal drugs. The net satisfaction was at a “very good” while those who were “moderately satisfied” was at +23, SWS added.

    Obviously, Inquirer tries to hide the fact that Duterte garnered almost 90% trust rating. Tama nga naman, sa likod ng mga titik at letra, hindi masyado mapapansin yung sumisigaw na numero (89%)