• Dissatisfaction with Aquino rises – SWS

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    More Filipinos are dissatisfied with President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

    In the survey, which was first published on Monday in BusinessWorld, Aquino’s performance dropped by 13 points, after his score in Balance Luzon fell to “good” +41 compared to his “very good” +54 in December.

    The President’s net satisfaction rating in the Visayas was also “downgraded” to “good” +49.

    The rural net satisfaction of Aquino also slipped by 11 points for a “good” rating.

    In contrast, his net score in Metro Manila rose by 11 points, while he maintained a “very good” rating in Mindanao.

    The President’s urban net satisfaction also remained in “good” territory.

    The SWS classifies net 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”; -70 and below, “execrable.”

    The President also had “good” net scores across all socioeconomic classes, although declines were recorded among the ABC and E groups.

    His satisfaction score in the ABC sector plunged 29 points to a “good” +39 (60 percent satisfied, 22 percent dissatisfied) compared to a “very good” +68 (80 percent satisfied, 12 percent dissatisfied) in December.

    Among the E class, Aquino’s score fell to “good” +44 (65 percent satisfied, 20 percent dissatisfied) compared to a “very good” +57 (72 percent satisfied, 15 percent satisfied).

    His score stayed “good” at +45 among the class D, with 66 percent satisfied and 21 percent dissatisfied.

    By gender, the President was rated seven points lower by women while he earned a “good” rating among men, falling only by a point.

    Overall, Aquino was rated good after 66 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with his performance, and 21 percent said they were not.

    The 2014 first quarter survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. The sampling error margins used were +/- 3 percent for national and +/- 6 percent for area percentages.

    Commenting on the survey results, Malacañang also on Monday said Filipinos still continued to support and trust the President and his government.

    At a press conference, Palace Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the survey “is still within the three-percent margin of error.”

    “A snapshot of public opinion at [the]time, and [the survey]reflects continued public support for the President and his administration,” Valte added.

    Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino administration will continue to be focused on attaining inclusive growth and fighting corruption.

    “The Aquino administration remains focused on the attainment of our PDP [Philippine Development Plan] Goals on achieving inclusive and sustainable economic development through good governance,” Coloma added.

    “We commit to work even harder to implement reforms and build stronger public institutions in the remaining two years and three months [of the Aquino administration],” he said.

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