Filipinos’ satisfaction with the performance of President Benigno Aquino 3rd fell this quarter, with respondents in Luzon outside Metro Manila and in Mindanao giving him lower marks that offset higher scores given by other areas, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
In its nationwide survey, the SWS said 58 percent expressed satisfaction with Aquino’s performance, while 16 percent claimed dissatisfaction, and 26 percent undecided on the issue.
This brings to “good” +32 (percentage of satisfied minus percentage of dissatisfied) the net satisfaction rating of the President for the fourth quarter.
The SWS said President Aquino’s latest rating is nine points below September’s “good” +41.
It 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”; as well as -70 and below as “execrable.”
The non-profit survey group considers movement from one classification to another as either an “upgrade” or a “downgrade.”
Results of the latest survey, which was conducted by the SWS last December 5-8 among 1,200 respondents, were first published in BusinessWorld on Wednesday.
The SWS attributed the nine-point drop in the President’s overall net satisfaction rating to significant declines among geographical classes.
Aquino’s net satisfaction fell by a grade and 23 points in Balance Luzon to a “moderate” +23 (52 percent satisfied minus 29 percent dissatisfied) this month from September’s “good” +46 (67 satisfied, 21 dissatisfied).
His rating also dropped by eight points in Mindanao from September’s +39 (61 percent satisfied minus 22 percent dissatisfied) to +31 (58 percent satisfied minus 27 percent dissatisfied) this quarter.
In Metro Manila, the reading stayed “moderate” at +23 (55 percent satisfied minus 31 percent dissatisfied), five points higher than September’s +18 (53 percent satisfied minus 35 percent satisfied).
Also, Aquino’s net satisfaction rating stayed “very good” in the Visayas at +58 (73 percent satisfied minus 15 percent dissatisfied), up eight points from September’s +50 (67 percent satisfied, 17 percent dissatisfied). December’s reading was the highest since June 2013’s “excellent” +74.
On satisfaction ratings across socio-economic classes, the President’s number dropped among the poorest class D or masa.
Among the class D, satisfaction rating dropped by one grade and 11 points to a “moderate” +28 (57 percent satisfied minus 28 percent satisfied, rounded off).
Meanwhile, Aquino’s net satisfaction rating stayed “good” among respondents from upper-to-middle classes ABC at +44, with 63 percent satisfied minus 18 percent dissatisfied, rounded off.
It also stayed at +45 among the class E, with 62 percent satisfied minus 17 percent dissatisfied.
Commenting on the survey results, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino is “determined to deliver on all the priority reform and development programs for the remainder of his term.”
“He is committed to continue serving in the best possible manner as he views the presidency as a covenant with the people,” Coloma added in a text message.
Malacañang also on Wednesday downplayed the decline in the President’s net satisfaction rating.
Its spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the administration measures performance by “other metrics that reflect the quality of life of our citizens.”
“The Aquino administration continues to do its work not for survey results but toward the more tangible benefits of good governance–poverty alleviation, job increase and economic expansion,” Lacierda noted in a statement.
“This is supported by recent reports, with underemployment decreasing to 17.6 percent and unemployment dropping to its lowest level–5.7 percent–in a decade, and our third quarter 2015 GDP [gross domestic product]growth rising to 6.0 percent, strengthening our status as the third-fastest growing major emerging economy in Asia,” he said.
Lacierda cited initial results of a study conducted on beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which show that already 1.4 million households have been able to rise above the poverty line as a result of the program.
“Indeed, the administration’s guiding principle of daang matuwid [straight path]is truly oriented toward the Filipino people. Grounded in service, the administration constantly works to maximize gains for both present and future generations of Filipinos,” he said.
“Moving forward, we will continue to work toward realizing the dream of every citizen: to have a more peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Philippines,” Lacierda added.