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Pinoys rate anti-Maute drive as good, down from very good

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By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Filipinos’ satisfaction with the government’s efforts to suppress the Maute group has declined from “very good” to “good,” based on a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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The nationwide survey conducted last Sept. 23-27 with 1,500 respondents found 66 percent of Filipinos are satisfied with the government’s actions in suppressing the Maute group, 18 percent are dissatisfied, and 16 percent are undecided.

This yields a net satisfaction rating (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied) of +48, which SWS classifies as “good,” but two points below the “very good” +50 in June.

SWS defines the following terminologies for net satisfaction as: +70 and above, excellent; +50 to +69, very good; +30 to +49, good; +10 to +29, moderate; +9 to –9, neutral; -10 to –29, poor; –30 to –49, bad; -50 to –69, very bad; and -70 and below, execrable.

Net satisfaction with the government’s actions in suppressing the Maute group stayed very good in Metro Manila, at +54 in September, although down by 14 points from +68 in June.

It also stayed very good in Mindanao, at +54 in September, although down by four points from +58 in June.

It stayed good in Visayas, at +49 in September, up by three points from +46 in June.

It also stayed good in rest of Luzon, at +42 in September, hardly moving from +41 in June.

By education, net satisfaction stayed very good among college graduates, at a very good +56 in September, though five points below the +61 in June.

It rose by one grade from good to very good among high school graduates, at +52 in September, up by three points from +49 in June.

It stayed at a good +49 from June to September among elementary school graduates.

However, it fell by one grade from good to moderate among non-elementary school graduates, at +24 in September, down by 20 points from +44 in June.

Net satisfaction with the government’s actions in suppressing the Maute group was at very good levels among Iglesia ni Cristo members, at +57 (75 percent satisfied, 19 percent dissatisfied), and among religions other than Roman Catholicism and Islam, at +65 (79 percent satisfied, 14 percent dissatisfied).

It was a good +48 (66 percent satisfied, 18 percent dissatisfied) among Roman Catholics.

However, it was a neutral +3 (29 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied) among Muslims, two grades below the good +48 nationwide.

Additionally, net satisfaction with President Duterte and the national administration’s performance on fighting terrorism and reconciliation with Muslim rebels, was highest among those who were satisfied with the government’s actions in suppressing the Maute group.

Net satisfaction with President Duterte was a very good +67 among those who are very satisfied with the government’s action in suppressing the Maute group. It was also a very good +52 among those who are somewhat satisfied.

However, it was a good +37 among those who are undecided about the government’s action in suppressing the Maute group, a moderate +21 among those who are somewhat dissatisfied, and a neutral +6 among those who are very dissatisfied.

Likewise, net satisfaction with the national administration’s performance in fighting terrorism was a very good +67 among those who are very satisfied with the government in suppressing the Maute group, and a very good +58 among those who are somewhat satisfied.

However, it was a moderate +25 among those who were undecided with the government’s action in suppressing the Maute group, a moderate +21 among those who were somewhat dissatisfied, and a neutral -6 among those who were very dissatisfied.

Net satisfaction with the national administration’s performance in reconciling with Muslim rebels was a very good +58 among those who were very satisfied with the government’s action in suppressing the Maute group, and a good +44 among those who were somewhat satisfied.

But it was a moderate +24 among those who were undecided, a moderate +12 among those who were somewhat dissatisfied, and a neutral net zero among those who were very dissatisfied with the government’s action in suppressing the Maute group.

Also during the survey, SWS found 54 percent of Filipinos agreeing that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can suppress terrorist groups even without martial law.

Meanwhile, 22 percent were undecided, and 25 percent disagreed.

This yields a net agreement rating of +29, which SWS classifies as moderately strong, but is threepoints, and one grade, below the very strong +32 in June.

Net agreement that the AFP can suppress the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf even without Martial Law was highest in the Visayas, at a very strong +36 in September, where it rose by 17 points from the moderately strong +19 in June.

However, it fell by one grade from very strong to moderately strong in Metro Manila, at a  moderately strong +24 in September, 11 points below +36 in June.

It fell by one grade from very strong to moderately strong in Mindanao, at +29 in September, down by five points from +34 in June.

It also fell by one grade from very strong to moderately strong in rest of Luzon, at +27 in September, down by five points from +34 in June.

By education, net agreement with the statement was highest among non-elementary school graduates, at a very strong +32 in September, although 24 points down, and a one-grade decline, from the extremely strong +56 in June.

This is followed by elementary graduates at a very strong +30, high school graduates at a moderately strong +28, and college graduates at a moderately strong +24.

SWS also noted that 60 percent of Filipinos believe that terrorist groups who invaded Marawi City, such as Abu Sayyaf and the Maute group, are currently receiving money from the illegal drug trade, while 11 percent said they do not believe, and 29 percent are undecided.

Belief that the terrorist groups that invaded Marawi City also receive money from the illegal drug trade was highest in Metro Manila at 72 percent, followed by Mindanao at 65 percent, Visayas at 60 percent, and rest of Luzon at 54 percent.

By education, belief was highest among college graduates at 71 percent, followed by high school graduates at 66 percent, elementary school graduates at 53 percent, and non-elementary school graduates at 48 percent.

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  • vg

    This is a useless survey since the Mautes are already defeated. A current survey now will show Filipinos rate the campaign as excellent.