Despite a 13-point decline in his net satisfaction rating, majority of Filipinos or 58 percent of Filipinos are still satisfied with the performance of Vice President Jejomar Binay, results of the latest survey of the Social Weather Station (SWS) that were released on Monday showed.
The First Quarter of 2015 survey was conducted by SWS from March 20 to 23 with 1,200 respondents.
The survey has a 3 percent margin of error for national percentages, and 6 percent each for Metro Manila, rest of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
The survey also showed that 28 percent of the respondents were dissatisfied with Binay’s performance. This gave the Vice President a net satisfaction rating of +31 percent (percentage of satisfied minus percentage of dissatisfied).
The decline in Binay’s quarterly ratings was the fourth straight since the +73 results in March 2014 and the lowest since he assumed office in 2010.
Respondents satisfied with the Vice President’s performance declined to 58 percent from 65 percent in December 2014.
Respondents who are dissatisfied with Binay rose to 28 percent from last quarter’s 20 percent.
Plunder charges have been filed against the Vice President before the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 and the Makati Science High School building, which were built during his watch as the city’s mayor. Binay has consistently denied the allegations, insisting that the accusations were politically motivated.
Malacañang refused to comment on the survey results.
“On the VP’s numbers, we will defer to the OVP [Office of the Vice President] to comment on VP’s ratings,” its spokesman Edwin Lacierda told reporters in a text message.
Binay’s political spokesman Rico Quicho said the Vice President “is grateful for the continued unwavering support of the people to his kind of public service that directly and immediately addresses the growing demands of our people.”
“The people have resoundedly heeded the call of competence and experience as the important factors to move the country forward. The accomplishments of the Vice President remain to be solid despite the intensified and vicious attacks against him in the last few months.
“The Vice President remains steadfast in his genuine desire to continue his programs for the benefit of the people. The demolition job being waged by political opponents of the Vice President would not stop him from delivering the services the people deserve,” Quicho added in a statement.