Palace hails SWS survey rating

September 24, 2018

Almost 8 in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the government’s anti-narcotics crackdown, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released  yesterday.

Of 1,200 adults polled in late June, 78 percent said they were satisfied with the campaign, 13 percent said otherwise and 19 were undecided, the SWS said in a statement.

The percentage of those dissatisfied subtracted from those satisfied yields a net satisfaction rating of a “very good” +65. This is 1 point above the very good +64 (75 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) in March 2018, the pollster noted.

Satisfaction with the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs was at an excellent +76 when it was first surveyed in September 2016. It was highest in December 2017 at an excellent +77, said SWS.

However, it has been at the +63 to +66 (very good) range since March 2017, reaching its lowest rating of +63 in September 2017, the polling firm added.

The government’s anti-narcotics campaign has seen some 4,200 drug suspects killed and around 142,000 others arrested since 2016, according to police data released last April.

The campaign has drawn widespread criticism for alleged state-sponsored killings, which the government has denied.

The SWS survey on drug war satisfaction was conducted from June 27 to 30. It has a ±3 percent margin of error.