Duterte Job-Approval Rating Hits 86% Despite Drug War Criticism

  • Tough-talking leader’s trust rating dipped slightly from July
  • Overwhelming support at home contrasts with criticism abroad

100 Days of Duterte: Has the President Delivered?

Philippine voters have given President Rodrigo Duterte a job-approval rating of 86 percent after three months in office, despite international criticism of a deadly drug war that has seen more than 3,000 people killed.

The job-approval rating was the first one conducted by Pulse Asia Research Inc., which conducted the poll from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1. It separately found that the tough-talking leader’s “trust rating" also stood at 86 percent, down five points from three months ago.

The poll results came after Duterte responded to strident global condemnation of his drug war with a series of tirades, including one in which he threatened to leave the United Nations, and another that prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel their first scheduled meeting. Duterte also branded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a fool after he raised the possibility of human-rights violations.

Pulse interviewed 1,200 adults for the poll, which had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Duterte received a “very good” net satisfaction rating of plus 64 in a Social Weather Stations’ poll conducted in September, while voters gave his drug war a plus 76 rating.

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