Aquino administration rating up – SWS


The Aquino administration scored higher public satisfaction rating in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, with three out of respondents saying they were satisfied with his performance.

The SWS survey results, first published in Businessworld, showed that 61 percent of adults were satisfied, 16 percent were undecided and 23 percent dissatisfied with the national government’s general performance.

This translated to a “good” net satisfaction rating of +39. This was two points higher than the “good” +37 notched in September last year and the highest since the “good” +45 recorded in the March 2014 survey.

SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49,”good”; +10 to +29,”moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; as well as -70 and below, “execrable.”

The survey group considers any movement from one classification to another as either an “upgrade” or a “downgrade.”

The nationwide survey was conducted among 1,200 representative adults from December 5 to 8, 2015 with sampling error margins of ±3 points for national percentages and ±6 points each for Metro Manila, “Balance Luzon,” the Visayas and Mindanao.

In terms of geographic area, satisfaction with the Aquino administration’s performance was a “very good” +52 in the Visayas, a major jump from a “good” +34 in September 2015.This was the best in Visayas since a “very good” +60 in September 2013.

In Metro Manila, net satisfaction rating rose to a “good” +36 from a “moderate” +24 in September 2015. It was the highest in Metro Manila since +37 in March 2014.

Meanwhile, it stayed “good” in Mindanao, up just two points to +36 from +34, the highest since December 2014’s +43).

In Balance Luzon, the net satisfaction rating was down nine points from +44 to +35.
In terms of socioeconomic class, satisfaction with the government stayed at “good” in Class D at +39 from +38.

In Class E, satisfaction was at +44 from +40, the best since +48 in March 2014. Satisfaction ratings in Class ABC went up slightly to +23 from +21.

Meanwhile, the government had a “good” score in helping the poor, foreign relations, promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers and defending the country’s territorial rights. It had a “moderate” score in restoring peace to Mindanao.

On the other hand, it had a “neutral” score in fighting terrorism (down a grade and five points to “neutral” +7), rehabilitating areas damaged by conflict in Mindanao, reconciliation with Muslim rebels, fighting crimes, ensuring that no family will ever be hungry, reconciliation with communist rebels, eradication of graft and corruption (down 16 points to a “neutral” -1, and fighting inflation.

However, the government had a “very bad” score in the issue of resolving with justice the Maguindanao massacre where 58 people, including 32 media workers, were killed.
Malacanang said it was happy because the results indicated broad support from the public.


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