Aquino’s rating down but still ‘very good’



PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd’s public satisfaction rating went down for the first quarter of 2013 but is still “very good,” the latest survey from pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said on Friday.

The survey, conducted from March 19 to 22 and first published in SWS media partner BusinessWorld, showed that the President’s public satisfaction went down four notches, from a “very good” +57 in December last year to +53 in the latest survey. SWS said 68 percent of the 1,200 respondents said they were “satisfied” with the government’s performance, while 15 percent said they are “dissatisfied.”

SWS noted that despite its four-point drop, Aquino’s satisfaction rating is still within the “very good” range and still higher than “higher than those of all previous administrations.”

Aquino’s satisfaction rating in Mindanao and Balance Luzon were unchanged at a “very good” +63 and +54 respectively. It went down by four points in Metro Manila and the Visayas.

The satisfaction rating in Metro Manila slipped by four points, from +47 to +43, but was still considered “good.” In Visayas, it fell by 21 points from a “very good” +66 to only a “good” +45.

SWS said the satisfaction rating among classes D and E fell by four points and two points respectively but still considered “very good.” In the ABC classes, however, the rating fell by 10 points from an “excellent” +78 to only a “very good” +68.

SWS considers net ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49 as “good”; +10 to +29 as “moderate”, +9 to –9 as “neutral”; -10 to –29 as “poor”; -30 to –49 as “bad’; -50 to –69 as “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable”.

Asked about specific issues, the respondents gave the government a rating of “very good” in terms of helping the poor, SWS said.

It added that the latest rating in the issue was six points higher than the previous rating the government received in December 2012. Also, the government received a point higher rating in terms of promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers from a “good” +49 in December to a “very good” +50.

The survey said the Aquino government obtained “good” net ratings in foreign relations (+47 from +49); transparency in government activities (+38 from +39); defending the country’s territorial rights (+37 from +48); promoting foreign investments (+33 from +35); fighting terrorism (+33 from +30); reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+31 from +32); and providing jobs (+30 from the previous moderate +24).

However it obtained only “moderate” scores in terms of reconciliation with communist rebels (unchanged at +28); eradicating graft and corruption (+19 from +20); fighting crimes (+17 from +26); and resolving the armed conflict in Sabah (+13).

SWS further added that the government received “neutral” ratings in ensuring that no family will be hungry (+7 from December’s +5); fighting inflation (+4 from +1); and ensuring oil firms don’t take advantage of oil prices (+4 from -5).

It received its lowest rating of a “poor” –26 in terms of solving the Maguindanao massacre, although SWS noted that the score improved by two points from –28 in the December survey.




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