• Aquino suffers lowest satisfaction rating since Q1-2015 – SWS

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    PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III’s net satisfaction rating plummeted to its lowest level since 2015’s first-quarter score, according to a poll taken by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) for the first quarter of this year.

    Conducted between March 30 and April 2 among 1,500 adults nationwide, the survey found out that 57 percent of the respondents were satisfied, 4 percent were undecided, and 30 percent were dissatisfied with Aquino as Chief Executive.

    Aquino’s net satisfaction rating – percentage of satisfied minus percentage of unsatisfied – for the first quarter of 2016 was downgraded to “moderate” +27 from a “good” +32 in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    For the first quarter of 2015, the President got a net satisfaction rating of +11, considered “moderate.”

    Nevertheless, the SWS pointed out that Aquino’s second-to-last satisfaction rating was much better than his predecessor’s, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who scored a “very bad” -53 in the first quarter of 2010.

    The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 as “excellent,” +50 and +69 as “very good,” +30 to +49 as “good,” +10 to +29 as “moderate,” -9 to +9 ass “neutral,” -29 to –10 as “poor,” -49 to –30 as “bad,” -69 to -50 as “very bad,” and -70 and below as “execrable.”

    The SWS satisfaction poll for the first quarter of this year had sampling error margins of ±3 points for nationwide percentages, and ±6 points each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon (areas in Luzon outside Metro Manila), the Visayas, and Mindanao.

    The poll results were first published Monday at the BusinessWorld.

    Responding to the survey results, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said Aquino’s net satisfaction rating remains relatively high for a President who is about to finish his term on June 30.

    “President Aquino has always worked for the welfare and well-being of our bosses – regardless of survey ratings,” Coloma told reporters in a text message. He is grateful for the people’s unstinting trust in his leadership.”

    He added, “We believe in the fairness and vision of our people who will certainly opt for continuity of good governance and attainment of inclusive growth when they cast their votes next month.”

    Meanwhile, Aquino’s satisfaction rating in Metro Manila dropped to a record-low “neutral” zero in the first quarter, compared to the “moderate” +23 rating in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    However, despite losing eight points in the Visayas, Aquino still rated a “very good” +50 in the area.

    The President’s satisfaction rating in Balance Luzon remained at a “moderate” +23, while his Mindanao satisfaction rating lost a point but still rated a “good” +30.

    In urban areas, Aquino lost six points for a “moderate” +13 in the first quarter. In March 2015, he got a “neutral” +3.

    Satisfaction, meanwhile, remained at a “good” +37 in rural areas.

    Among the Class ABC respondents, Aquino’s net satisfaction rating dropped to a “moderate” +17 from a “good” +44 in the fourth quarter. His score was at its lowest since the “neutral” +6 in the first quarter of 2015.

    The President’s first-quarter satisfaction rating among the Class E respondents was a “good” +36 from a “good” +45 during 2015’s fourth quarter; among the Class D respondents, satisfaction was a “moderate” +25 from +28 for the same period. CATHERINE VALENTE

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