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The majority of Filipinos are satisfied with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war despite mounting criticisms about the killings, a survey showed Friday.

In a survey released on the eve of Duterte's first 100 days in office, 84 per cent of 1,200 respondents nationwide said they were "very" or "somewhat" satisfied with the campaign against illegal drugs.

Only 8 per cent were dissatisfied and 8 per cent were undecided, according to the Manila-based pollster Social Weather Stations.

The survey, however, showed that 94 per cent of the respondents believed that it was important for suspects to be caught alive.

At least 1,523 drug suspects have been killed in police operations since July 1 to October 7, while 736,247 drug addicts and pushers have surrendered in the same period, police say.

Police are also investigating the deaths of 1,838 people from July 1 to October 5, but not all killings are believed to be related to the campaign against illegal drugs.

While some observers complained that most of those arrested or killed in the drug war are poor, the survey showed that 83 per cent believe that the campaign does not discriminate.

The United States, the European Union, the United Nations and international human rights groups have criticised the drug war saying it violates human rights and ignores the rule of law.

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