• Aquino rating slumps but ‘still good’


    President Benigno Aquino 3rd addresses a session of the World Economic Forum on East Asia at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw Friday. Some 900 delegates from more than 50 countries attended the forum. AFP photo

    HE’S a long way off from being considered an excellent Chief Executive.

    President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s public satisfaction rating for the first quarter of 2013 went down but is still “very good,” the latest survey from Social Weather Stations (SWS) said on Friday.

    The survey, conducted from March 19 to 22 and first published in SWS media partner BusinessWorld, revealed that the President’s public satisfaction went down four notches from a “very good” +57 in December last year to +53. SWS added that 68 percent of the 1,200 adults respondents that participated in the survey said that they were “satisfied” with the government’s performance while 15 percent said they were “dissatisfied.”

    SWS noted that while Aquino’s rating fell by four points, it is still within the “very good” range and is still higher than “those of all previous administrations.”

    Aquino’s satisfaction rating in Mindanao and Balance Luzon remained unchanged at a “very good” +63 and +54, respectively. However, it went down by four points in Metro Manila and the Visayas region. Satisfaction rating in Metro Manila went down by four points from +47 to +43 but was still considered “good.” In Visayas, meanwhile, it fell by 21 points from a “very good” +66 to only a “good” +45.

    SWS said that the satisfaction rating among classes D and E fell by four points and two points, respectively, but still considered “very good.” In the ABC classes, however, the rating fell by 10 points from an “excellent” +78 to only a “very good” +68.

    SWS considers net ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49 as “good”; +10 to +29 as “moderate”, +9 to –9 as “neutral”; -10 to –29 as “poor”; -30 to –49 as “bad’; -50 to –69 as “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable”.

    When asked about specific issues, respondents gave the government a rating of “very good” in terms of helping the poor, SWS said. It added that the latest rating in the issue was six points higher than the previous rating the government received in December 2012.

    Also, the government received a point higher rating in terms of promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers from a “good” +49 in December to a “very good” +50.

    The survey shared that the Aquino government obtained “good” net ratings in foreign relations (+47 from +49); transparency in government activities (+38 from +39); defending the country’s territorial rights (+37 from +48); promoting foreign investments (+33 from +35); fighting terrorism (+33 from +30); reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+31 from +32); and providing jobs (+30 from the previous moderate +24).

    However it obtained only “moderate” scores in terms of reconciliation with communist rebels (unchanged at +28); eradicating graft and corruption (+19 from +20); fighting crimes (+17 from +26); and resolving the armed conflict in Sabah (+13).

    SWS further added that the government received “neutral” ratings in ensuring that no family will be hungry (+7 from December’s +5); fighting inflation (+4 from +1); and ensuring oil firms don’t take advantage of oil prices (+4 from -5).

    However, it received its lowest rating of a “poor” –26 in terms of solving the Maguindanao massacre although SWS noted that the score improved by two points from –28 in the December survey.

    The SWS conducted face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults respondents nationwide for the survey. The error margin used for national is at ±3 percent and ±6 percent for area percentages.


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    1. Charlie Leonor on

      The most significant number here is the fall of 10 points with the ABC class. This class may not represent the biggest percentage of population, but most significant revolts and protest movements like EDSA 1 and 2, were started by the ABC class.

    2. How come he still got satisfactory ratings in mindanao despite the daily blackouts?