FROM a “moderate” +29 net satisfaction rating in June, the Aquino administration posted a “good” +35 net satisfaction rating in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The survey showed the administration’s gross rating increasing to 59 percent from last June’s 56 percent. Those dissatisfied with the administration, on the other hand, dipped to 24 percent from 26 percent.
The government was rated a “very good” +52 in helping victims of disasters.
Under the SWS’ classification, net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above are rated 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 “execrable.”
It was noted that the government’s improved satisfaction ratings were similar to President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s improved satisfaction rating during the third quarter, which stood at a “good” +34 from a “moderate” +25 in June.
The SWS poll was conducted from September 26 to 29, with 1,200 respondents. There were sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.
The pollster said the government’s satisfaction recovery resulted from considerable ratings improvements in Metro Manila, and in classes ABC and the poor sectors.
The Aquino administration’s net satisfaction rating rose in Metro Manila to a “good” +36, a 20-point improvement over the “moderate” +16 in June. Balance Luzon’s rating remained “moderate,” down two points to +24 from +26 while in the Visayas, ratings went up to +45 from +41.
In Mindanao, meanwhile, ratings improved to +46 from +34.
The government was also rated “good” in helping the poor, +44 from +39; foreign relations, +43 from +41; defending the country’s territorial rights, +42, down from +43; developing science and technology; preparing for climate change; providing enough supply of electricity; promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers; and ensuring an efficient transportation system.
On the other hand, the administration garnered “moderate” ratings in the following: reconciliation with communist rebels, +28 from +17; reconciliation with Moro rebels, +27 from +22; fighting terrorism, +23 from +21; providing jobs, +21 from +20; fighting crime, +14 from +13; and eradicating graft and corruption, +14 from +12.
The administration, however, was rated “poor” in resolving the Maguindanao Massacre case although the numbers improved from last June’s -44 to -36 in September.
Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a statement, said the ratings remain “historically high compared to other post-EDSA administrations.”
He added that this development, amid criticisms from various sectors, shows “the public’s continuing confidence in our government.”
Lacierda welcomed the high mark given to the administration on disaster response, noting that this belied speculations that the government has been remiss in that area.
“Additionally, the survey shows that our administration received a 70 percent gross satisfaction rating on post-disaster response. Despite negative comments made from some quarters, this survey demonstrates the people’s voice, that this administration is responsive to their needs and has been at work in the continued reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts to build back better those areas devastated by typhoons,” the Palace official said.
“Recognizing our citizens as the nation’s greatest resource, we continue to work to bring about reforms geared toward expansive and inclusive growth, for the benefit of current and future generations,” Lacierda added. “Moving forward, we seek to actively engage and address the various issues facing our country, to build on recent successes and propel our nation toward an even brighter future.”