Vice President Jejomar Binay scored the highest approval rating among top four government officials in the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
In the survey conducted from March 27 to 30, 82 percent of the respondents were satisfied and 9 percent dissatisfied with Binay’s performance, giving him a net satisfaction rating of +73.
Binay’s rating is 11 points higher than the +62 he scored in December 2013, raising his grade from “very good” to “excellent.”
The Vice President, who is eyeing the presidency in 2016, has scored eight “excellent” ratings and seven “very good” ratings in the 15 surveys conducted by SWS since he assumed office in 2010.
The other officials in the survey were Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte and Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno.
Drilon had a 46 percent satisfaction rating, Belmonte had 32 percent and Sereno, 34 percent.
“The results of the first quarter Social Weather Stations (SWS) are expressions of appreciation for Vice President Binay’s performance. He is again grateful to the people for their trust and confidence and to the President for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Cabinet,” Binay’s spokesman Joey Salgado said.
“With two years left [in]his term, Vice President Binay will remain focused on his work, particularly assisting OFWs [overseas Filipino workers], housing, and providing help to our kababayans [countrymen]in need. He will not be distracted by crude attempts of political detractors to malign his name and raise false and baseless allegations against him,” Salgado added.
The survey scores were based on interviews of 1,200 respondents.
SWS classifies scores of satisfaction scores of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69,“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.”
It said error margins of plus or minus three percent for national percentages and plus or minus six percent for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were used in the survey.
Malacañang, however, appears unimpressed by Binay’s high ratings, which overshadow those of President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
Edwin Lacierda, the President’s spokesman, said the past Vice Presidents historically had a higher rating than those of other officials, including the President.
“If you look at the surveys of the President and the Vice President, it’s historical. We’ve asked also the survey experts. They said it is historical, save for some exceptions,” Lacierda said in Monday’s news briefing.
He added that Binay’s ratings are “not a cause for concern” for the administration.
“We are all working hard for this government,” Lacierda said, adding that the 2016 elections are not the administration’s priority as of now.
“So 2016 may be around the corner, but we are not focused on 2016. We are focused on governance. We certainly welcome the numbers of Vice President Binay,” he said.
Lacierda is not a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) but he was the party’s spokesman during the 2010 campaign, where Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd lost to Binay in the vice presidential race.
Roxas is LP president-on-leave.
Palace insiders hint that Aquino will announce his choice for the 2016 presidential polls in November.
Roxas was Aquino’s running mate in 2010.