WHILE hovering within the “good” territory, public satisfaction with the administration of President Benigno Aquino 3rd dipped from +35 to +34 in the last quarter of 2014, according to a new survey report by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The pollster said 58 percent of adults nationwide were satisfied, 24 percent were dissatisfied and 17 percent were ambivalent with the government’s performance. Gross satisfaction rating in September was at 59 percent.
The steepest decline was in Metro Manila, where the administration’s net satisfaction rating fell to a “moderate” +21 from “good” +36 in the previous quarter.
Despite a similar loss in both areas, the government’s satisfaction rating stayed “good” in the Visayas and Mindanao. On the other hand, the figure rose to “good” from “moderate” in Balance Luzon.
The SWS reported that satisfaction in the Visayas stayed “good” despite the 14-point drop to +31 from the third quarter’s +45. In Mindanao, satisfaction also stayed “good,” despite a three-percentage point loss, from +46 in the third quarter to +43 in the fourth.
In contrast, satisfaction in “Balance Luzon” was up 11 points to +35 in the fourth quarter, from +24 in the third quarter.
In Malacanang, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Tuesday said results of the latest survey will guide their future actions, especially in areas of concern where the administration fared not as good as in the third quarter of 2014.
“In the remaining months of the administration, we shall continue to ramp up the implementation of vital plans, activities and programs in order to achieve our goals of inclusive growth especially in the areas of peace and order, job security and livelihood, strengthening the purchasing power of consumers and providing justice to the victims of the Maguindanao massacre,” Coloma added.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above 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 -70 and below as “execrable.”
The SWS poll was taken from November 27 to December 1 among 1,800 adults and had sampling error margins of ±2 percent for national percentages; ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, “Balance Luzon” and Mindanao; and ±3 percent for the Visayas.
Similarly, satisfaction with the Aquino administration fell but stayed “good” in all the socio-economic classes. Net satisfaction among Class ABC fell six points to +41 from +47. Since September 2010, public satisfaction scores in Class ABC had been above +40 in 14 out of 18 surveys.
Among Class D, it was at +32 from +33, down from the above +40 in 15 surveys from September 2010 to March 2014.
There was a two-point improvement in Class E, to +40 from +38. Satisfaction ratings in Class E have been +40 and above in 15 of the 18 surveys since September 2010.
The Aquino government was rated “good” in seven issues, “moderate” in four, “neutral” in another four, “poor” in one and “bad” in another.
It had the worst rating on the issue of handling the Maguindanao massacre case. From -36 in the third quarter, the figure dropped to -41 in the last quarter.