The Aquino administration’s net satisfaction rating has dropped to its lowest in March, latest survey results of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The survey in effect gave metrics of the political backlash on the way President Benigno Aquino 3rd and his men handled the Mamasapano incident.
The survey was held almost two months after the infamous police operation in Maguindanao that resulted in the death of over 60 people, including 44 policemen from the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force.
Malacañang brushed aside the results of the SWS survey.
“We are aware that there is significant room for improvement and that we need to continually ascertain the sentiments of our bosses, the Filipino people,” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
The survey, initially published by BusinessWorld, showed the Aquino administration’s net satisfaction rating dropping by 15 points, from a “good” +34 in December 2014 to a “moderate” +19 in March 2015.
The poll was conducted from March 20 to 23 with 1,200 respondents.
The survey said only 48 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the government’s performance in March. The government rated 58 percent in the last poll held in December.
About 29 percent were dissatisfied with the government while 23 percent were undecided.
In December, 24 percent were dissatisfied while 17 percent were undecided.
The decrease was noted across all socioeconomic classes with net satisfaction rating falling to +19 for class ABC (from +41 in December), +24 for class E (from +40) and +18 for class D (from +32).