• Aquino satisfaction rating up

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    The public satisfaction rating of President Benigno Aquino 3rd has improved, rising to 76 percent, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

    The survey, conducted from June 28 to 30 and first published in BusinessWorld, showed that 76 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with President Aquino’s performance, while 12 percent were dissatisfied for a net satisfaction rating of +64 for June 2013.

    This is five percentage points higher than his +59 net satisfaction rating in March.

    However, Aquino is still three points below his all-time high public satisfaction score of “very good” +67 achieved August last year.

    Of the respondents, 40 percent believes he will be successful, 13 percent said he will fail, and the majority 47 percent still think it’s “too early to tell.”

    In Luzon, Aquino’s satisfaction score remained the same at +67 “very good” from last month. Visayas residents were more optimistic with an “excellent” +74 percent given to the president, far from a “good” +46 in March. However, The President’s score decreased nine points to +58, which is still characterized as “very good.”

    Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that the Aquino government was “encouraged” by the results of the survey.

    He noted that the 76 percent was an improvement from the First Quarter results of 74 percent—which nearly “mirrors his record-high 77 percent rating recorded in August 2012.”

    ”This boost in satisfaction with the President bucks the trend of the past two years, which indicates lower satisfaction levels in the Second Quarter compared to the First Quarter,” Lacierda said. “The President’s consistently strong ratings, especially in the wake of a midterm election widely regarded as a referendum on the success of his administration, affirm our administration’s mandate of good governance.” |

    Catherine S. Valente And Shiela Mañalac

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