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Duterte's public satisfaction score falls to record low

Survey conducted amid Philippine president's religious insults and soaring inflation

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte's public satisfaction rating plunged to a record low in the second quarter, pollster Social Weather Stations said on Tuesday.

The survey showed that 65% of adult Filipinos were satisfied with Duterte, a drop of 5 points from the previous quarter. Those marking themselves as dissatisfied rose by 6 points to 20% while those who were undecided dipped 2 points to 15%.

This brings Duterte's net satisfaction rating (satisfied minus dissatisfied) to 45% or "good" from 56% or "very good," according to the pollster's terminology.

The survey was conducted through face-to-face-interviews with 1,200 adults from June 27-30, days after Duterte publicly called God "stupid." The remarks by the firebrand leader, who has previously insulted leaders including former Pope Francis and former U.S. President Barack Obama, triggered angry reactions from the predominantly Catholic nation.

The survey was also conducted amid rising inflation, which jumped by 5.2% in June, a fresh five-year high. Respondents in the first quarter survey conducted by SWS said the government had the least success in "fighting inflation" compared with 19 other performance metrics including "helping the poor" and "fighting terrorism."

The results of the latest survey were revealed as Duterte entered his third year in office on June 30, and as he introduces a controversial agenda based around a shift to a federal form of government.

When asked to comment on the survey results, Duterte told reporters on Tuesday night: "I don't care... It doesn't interest me at all."

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