THE net satisfaction ratings of top government officials and institutions plummeted in the last quarter, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno all suffered sharp drops in the survey, which came out barely a week after the SWS reported the same decline for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s ratings.
The net satisfaction rating of Binay fell nine points to a “moderate” +24 , with 52 percent satisfied and 28 percent dissatisfied, and which is a record low for the official. Binay’s rating last quarter stood at +33 with 58 percent satisfied and 25 percent dissatisfied.
The SWS classifies a net satisfaction rating of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “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 those -70 and below as “execrable.”
Drilon’s net satisfaction rating plummeted 35 percentage points to a “neutral” +7 in the same period, with 38 percent satisfied and 31 percent dissatisfied. The Senate chief had a “good” net satisfaction rating of +42 in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the House Speaker’s net satisfaction standing dropped six points to a “neutral” -1, with 31 percent satisfied, 32 percent dissatisfied. In the third quarter, Belmonte’s rating stood at +5.
Sereno’s net satisfaction rating also dropped to a new record low from +4 last quarter to -1 this time.
Reacting to the SWS report, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said public satisfaction with the Cabinet as a whole remained “moderate” at +11, with 38 percent of respondents satisfied and 32 percent undecided and 27 percent dissatisfied.
The Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating actually fell five points from the +16 in the third quarter.
“While we value the insights provided by public opinion surveys such as those by the SWS, the entire Cabinet remains steadfast in its commitment to fulfill our respective mandates and to deliver on the priority reform and development programs anchored on inclusive growth,” he said in a statement.
Per institution, the SWS report also indicated declines in the Senate, House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.
The Senate suffered the biggest drop, losing 14 percentage points from the third quarter’s +44, to a “good” +30 while the House of Representatives lost 10 points from the third quarter’s +26, to a “moderate” +16 in the last quarter.
For the High Court, the same poll noted a five-point drop to a “moderate” +22 in the fourth quarter.
The SWS said the fourth quarter net satisfaction survey was conducted from December 5 to 8 among 1,200 adults nationwide.
The poll had sampling error margins of ±3 for national percentages and ±6 each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.