Exploring the Correlates of Presidential Satisfaction in the Philippines using the Misery Index

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Notwithstanding their widespread use in many modern democracies; surveys on leadership satisfaction have generated much debate regarding the possible factors driving public opinion. As a contribution to the literature; this study empirically examines data on Philippine presidential net satisfaction generated by the Social Weather Stations; one of the most well-established survey firms in the archipelagic country. Using Presidential Net Satisfaction data from 1998 to 2019; this study aims to show the links (or lack thereof) between survey results on citizens' satisfaction with leadership on one hand; and objective and subjective indicators of economic well-being on the other. This study finds scant evidence that economic variables such as inflation and unemployment are tied to presidential satisfaction; despite the primacy of the economy in Philippine surveys of key policy issues.