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  Duterte's Popularity Takes Hit Amid Inflation, Attacks on Church
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 10, 2018 08:54pm
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AuthorAndreo Calonzo and Claire Jiao
News DateTuesday, July 10, 2018 09:45:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity fell to the lowest during his two-year rule as inflation climbed to a five-year high and after his ‘stupid God’ remarks sparked an uproar in the Catholic nation.

Duterte’s net satisfaction rating fell 11 percentage points to 45 percent, according to Social Weather Stations survey of 1,200 adults from June 27 to June 30. The biggest declines came from the capital region, among the poor and the young working population. Social Weather didn’t provide data for trust ratings unlike in previous surveys.

“Inflation could be the main culprit because the biggest drop was recorded in" the masses, said Professor Alvin Ang of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development in Manila. More data is required to safely say that Duterte’s popularity took a hit on his blasphemous comments, he said.

"I don’t care. It doesn’t interest me at all," Duterte told reporters at televised media briefing. "I’ll just coast along."
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