FOR the first time since he took office four years ago, President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s public satisfaction rating plunged to its lowest level, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The pollster said based on the survey held from June 27 to 30, Aquino’s public satisfaction rating fell 20 points in the second quarter of the year.
The SWS said 55 percent of respondents were satisfied with Aquino’s performance, while 30 percent were not, for a “moderate” +25. This was a 20-point drop from the President’s +45 score in March.
The survey also found that 29 percent of the respondents believe the President will be successful, while 21 percent disagree and 50 percent say “it is too early to tell,” putting Aquino’s net expectation score at +8, down 19 points from last year’s +27.
Aquino’s score hit record lows in all areas. It stayed “good” in the Visayas but was down 10 points to +39, fell by one grade each to a “good” +40 (down 15 points) in Mindanao and to a “moderate” +16 (down 25 points) in Balance Luzon, and plunged by two grades to a “neutral” +6 (down 27 points) in Metro Manila.
His rural net satisfaction also stayed “good” but was down 14 points to +35. In urban areas, the President’s score fell to a “moderate” +15 (down 26 points).
Expectations that Aquino will be a successful President also fell in all areas, the SWS survey found. He scored a new low of -7, down by 21 points. In Balance Luzon, it fell 24 points to +3, declined by 22 points to +12 in the Visayas and by eight points to +22 in Mindanao.
Among the respondents who said Aquino will be a successful President, those satisfied with his performance fell to 82 percent from 91 percent while the dissatisfied rose to 10 percent from 4 percent, lowering his net satisfaction rating in this category by 16 points to a still “excellent” +71.
In the “too early to tell” camp, satisfaction was down to 49 percent from 71 percent while dissatisfaction rose to 31 percent from 14 percent, bringing the President’s net score 39 points down to a “moderate” +18. Last year it was a “very good” +57.
Among those claiming that he will be an unsuccessful President, satisfaction fell to 30 percent from 49 percent and dissatisfaction rose to 56 percent from 30 percent, bringing his net rating down 46 points to a “poor” -26 from the “moderate” +20 recorded a year ago.
The June survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.