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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has experienced a dizzying plunge in popularity, with the polling company Social Weather Stations (SWS) issuing him a +48 approval rating in September, down 18 points from his rating in June.
SWS found Duterte holding a “very good” +80 net trust rating in May, shortly before he declared martial law on the southern island of Mindanao in response to an Islamic State raid in Marawi, the nation’s only “Islamic city.” The battle for Marawi continues to rage today, with authorities claiming they expect all Islamic State elements to be eradicated from the city by next week.
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SWS conducts approval surveys every three months. Its September poll found that Duterte’s ratings were still in the “good” category but significantly lower than they were in June. SWS president Mahar Mangahas said in an interview that the change was atypical for presidents, “a little bit faster than average, compared to past presidents.” Mangahas stated he believed the high number still counted as a “honeymoon phase” rating.
In addition to the Marawi siege, Duterte has spearheaded a violent anti-drug campaign that has triggered international condemnation, but has for months appeared largely popular domestically. Mangahas did cede that violent activity can lower presidential approval ratings.
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“All the presidents, their ratings go down,” he explained. “I wouldn’t say that there has to be something violent that happens, but when there’s something violent, that’s the worst.”
Duterte took office in June 2016. SWS found his September rating that year to be +64. That number rose to +67 in June, with a presidential trust poll finding that 80 percent of Philippine voters had “much trust” in the president.
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Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella dismissed news of the decline in popularity, stating that the decline “is traditionally happening after a year or year and a half. And, you know, the love is...
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