President Benigno Aquino 3rd managed to recover from the black eye dealt by the infamous Mamasapano incident and scored a high public satisfaction rating since mid-2014 in the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Malacañang on Thursday was quick to hail the survey as an “affirmation” and a “clear vote of confidence” on the President’s good-governance platform.
“We are grateful to our bosses–the Filipino people– for reaffirming their satisfaction with
the President’s performance,” Communications Secretary Hermino Coloma Jr. said in a statement.
“This is a clear vote of confidence on the Aquino administration’s good-governance advocacy that has brought about significant reforms,” he added.
According to the 3rd quarterly poll conducted from September 2 to 5, President Aquino got a net satisfaction rating of +41 which the SWS considers as “good.”
This was higher than the “good” +30 last June (2nd quarter) and the highest since the “good” +45 posted in March 2014, the SWS said.
It considers net satisfaction ratings 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,” and -70 and below as “execrable.”
In the first quarter of the year, public satisfaction on the Aquino administration reached its lowest point in the survey conducted nearly two months after the anti-terror police operation in Mamasapano, Maguindano, which killed over 60 people, including 44 policemen from the Special Action Force.
The incident threw the Aquino administration into a political crisis and imperiled the peace agreement it signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
The January 25 incident also affected the legislation of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.
The March 20-23 survey among 1,200 respondents revealed that Aquino obtained a net satisfaction rating of a “moderate” +11 from “good” +39 from December 2014.
The President’s ratings improved in the second quarter at the time the government pressed on with the arbitration of the nation’s maritime dispute with China.
In the 3rd quarter survey, 64 percent of respondents expressed satisfaction with his performance, rising from 57 percent in June.
Only 22 percent showed dissatisfaction and 14 percent undecided.