PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd’s rating remained “good” in the last quarter of the year at +39 percent, up from the +34 percent that was posted in September, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The fourth quarter report found that 63 recent of the respondents were satisfied with the President’s performance, while 24 percent were not. In the third quarter survey, 59 percent of the respondents were satisfied, while 25 percent were dissatisfied.
The report elated Malacanang, with its deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte saying the good result was a product of the President’s “good work” in implementing programs that directly benefited the people.
“Where do we credit? Perhaps it’s the good work that continues to show and the efforts that the administration puts in to push for programs that would directly benefit the people. We note that from the decline last June for the second quarter, so far the numbers have consistently been going up, and we extend our appreciation to the people for their continued support for President Aquino and his administration,” Valte told reporters.
The fourth quarter +39 net satisfaction rating was Aquino’s highest score in the previous quarters and this gave him a net satisfaction average of a “good” +36 for the entire year.
By year, however, the 2014 average was the lowest since he took office in 2010. Aquino got a +53 average in 2011 and 2012 and +55 in 2013.
“It’s the same rating that the President received in May 2012, that’s 63 [percent]. The highest that he ever received, at least for this particular survey firm, is at 77 [percent], that was August 2012,” Valte said.
The SWS conducted the survey from November 27 to December 1 among 1,800 adults nationwide. It had sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Under the SWS’ survey system, net satisfaction scores of +70 and above are considered “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”; -70 and below, “execrable.”
The pollster explained that Aquino’s fourth quarter satisfaction gains resulted from improved scores in urban areas, in Balance Luzon and among classes ABC. Though Aquino’s net satisfaction improved in three geographic areas, the gains were significant in Balance Luzon, where he gained 10 points to a “good” +39 (62 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied).
His net satisfaction remained “good” at +46 in Mindanao, higher by three points from the +43 in September.
The President’s score slightly improved to a “moderate” +23 in Metro Manila, while in the Visayas, his net satisfaction stayed “good” at +42 (66 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied).