NOTHING last forever and if the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey is to be considered, is the honeymoon over for Du30 and his administration? Public satisfaction with Du30 dropped by eleven points in the second quarter of the year the survey reveals. Is the apocalypse near for the rule of Du30?
Conducted last June 27 to 30, 2018, the nationwide survey shows that from 56 percent (very good) in the first quarter, Du30’s satisfaction rating plunged to 45 percent (good) in the second quarter. This is his lowest satisfaction rating since assuming the presidency.
Du30’s satisfaction rating dropped across all geographical areas. The biggest fall of his satisfaction rating was registered in Luzon where it went down from 58 percent to 33 percent, a 25-point decline. In Metro Manila, his satisfaction rating plummeted by 20 points, from 54 percent to 34 percent while in the Visayas, Du30’s satisfaction rating dived to 47 percent from 65 percent in first quarter. His satisfaction rating dropped slightly in Mindanao, from 82 percent to 76 percent.
The fall of Du30’s satisfaction rating was high in urban areas where it sunk to 38 percent from 56 percent, an 18-point drop. In rural areas, his satisfaction went down from 56 percent to 52 percent.
While Du30’s satisfaction rating slightly increased among ABC classes from 63 percent to 66 percent, it took a huge plunge among the masses. In D class, his satisfaction rating dived by 14 points, from 57 percent to 43 percent.
Satisfaction rating of Du30 also declined among men and women. Among men, his satisfaction rating dropped from 58 percent to 46 percent, a 12-point drop. A 9-point fall of Du30’s satisfaction rating was recorded among women, from 54 percent to 45 percent.
Going by educational attainment, Du30’s satisfaction rating fell in all categories with the highest drop among the college educated. His satisfaction rating among college graduates was down by 17 points, from 69 percent to 52 percent. Among elementary graduates his satisfaction rating declined by 13 points, from 53 percent to 40 percent. Du30’s satisfaction rating dropped by 8 points among high school graduates, from 54 percent to 46 percent.
Du30’s satisfaction rating plummeted across all age brackets except among the 18-24 year olds. He registered the highest decline among 25 to 34-year-olds where his satisfaction rating plunged from 69 percent to 43 percent, a 26-point fall. Among the 55-year-olds and above, Du30’s satisfaction rating fell by 10 points, from 54 percent to 44 percent. His satisfaction rating also sunk to 47 percent from 56 percent, a 9-point drop among the 45-54 year olds. The satisfaction rating of Du30 among 35 to 44-year-olds dived by 6 points, from 52 percent to 46 percent. It was only among the 18 to 24-year-olds where a slight increase of his satisfaction rating was registered, from 48 percent to 50 percent.
Upon learning of the fall of his satisfaction rating, Du30 as usual was dismissive, pretending he does not care about how the public feel about his performance as president. “I do not care. Make it 15. Wala na ako dyan (It does not matter to me anymore). It does not interest me at all,” he lamely exclaimed.
Du30 can act as if public view of his performance is unimportant but he cannot take comfort from pretension. His arrogance and feeling of self-righteousness was fueled by his high ratings in the past. High ratings emboldened Du30 to rant and attack anyone he perceived as enemies and at anything deluded sense of invincibility.
If the trend continues and his satisfaction ratings continue to decline in the coming surveys, Du30 is politically vulnerable. It will be hard for him to push his agenda, particularly changing the present form of government to federal system. Erosion of public support can also endanger the chances of his candidates in next year’s mid-term election.
The prospect of Du30 recovering his high rating is dim taking into consideration the economic time bomb about to blow on his face. Inflation is now at 5.2 percent, taking the government by surprise. The administration projected that inflation will not exceed 4 percent. With Filipinos groaning under high prices of goods and services and saw their income shrinking, the economic hardship the situation brings will only further stoke public discontent against Du30 and his administration.
The latest SWS survey also reveals that the number of jobless Filipinos increased from 7.2 million in December 2017 to 10.9 million at present. The dollar reserve of the country has fallen to a six-year low as the country’s foreign exchange continues to bleed due to dollar outflow. As of June 2018, the dollar reserve fell from $79.2 billion to $ 77. 68 billion, data from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas show. Value of the peso against US dollar continues to fall, and a US dollar is now 53.5 pesos.
Unable to find an appropriate response to the impending economic meltdown, Du30 can only divert people’s attention to the economic suffering of Filipinos by creating diversion, attacking God, and making ridiculous comments about the Bible and Christian doctrines, areas that Du30 has neither the competence nor authority to speak about. By resorting to such silly antics, Du30 has only compounded his problems since his irreverent act only galvanized public outrage against him.
The steep drop of his satisfaction rating could indicate that the day of reckoning is dawning. If Du30 cannot recover his satisfaction rating (an unlikely possibility) he is about to get his comeuppance and retribution is near. The Divine works in strange and mysterious ways. Who is stupid now?