SWS: 60% Filipinos say Duterte’s VP run violates constitution

The national Social Weather Survey (SWS) of June 23-26, 2021, found 60% of adult saying, “The proposal that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte should run for Vice-President in the 2022 election violates the intention of the Constitution, which should first be amended before he may run for office again,” and only 39% saying “Pres. Rodrigo Duterte should run for Vice-President in the 2022 election, because I would like his management of the government to continue.” The remaining 1% did not give an answer.

Majorities across basic demographics say running in 2022 would violate the Constitution

By area, the proportion of those who say it would violate the Constitution if Pres. Duterte runs in 2022 was highest in Balance Luzon (65%), followed by the Visayas (59%), Metro Manila (56%), and Mindanao (53%).

Majorities in all educational levels also share this view: 67% among non-elementary graduates, 70% among elementary graduates, 52% among junior high school graduates, and 61% among college graduates.

Regardless of poverty, majorities are opposed to a VP run for President Duterte

The June survey found 48% of Filipino families rating themselves as Mahirap or Poor, 23% rating themselves as Hindi Mahirap or Not Poor, and 29% placing themselves on the borderline dividing the two categories (recorded by SWS as Borderline Poor) (“Second Quarter 2021 Social Weather Survey: 48% of Filipino families feel Poor; 23% feel Not Poor, 29% feel Borderline Poor,” 25 July 2021, SWS website)

SWS: 60% say Duterte’s VP run violates constitution

All categories across Self-Rated Poverty have a majority opposed to a Vice-Presidential run for Pres. Duterte: the proportion with this view was highest among Not Poor (64%), followed by Borderline Poor (61%) and Poor (58%).

Stronger opposition to a VP run for President Duterte among those dissatisfied with him

The survey found 75% of adult satisfied, 12% undecided, and 13% dissatisfied with the performance of Rodrigo R. Duterte as President (“Special report on Satisfaction Rating of the President: Pres. Duterte’s Net Satisfaction at +79 in November 2020, +65 in May 2021, and +62 in June 2021,” 24 September 2021, SWS website).

Those who oppose a Vice-Presidential bid for President Duterte in 2022 were highest among very dissatisfied with his performance as President (88%), followed by those somewhat dissatisfied (83%), undecided (81%), somewhat satisfied (62%), and very satisfied (42%).

On the other hand, those who favor a Vice-Presidential bid for Pres. Duterte in 2022 was highest among those very satisfied with his performance (58%), followed by those somewhat satisfied (38%), undecided (19%), somewhat dissatisfied (17%), and very dissatisfied (12%).

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