Top officials, institutions ratings down in recent SWS survey

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THE satisfaction rating of top government officials and some institutions slightly dropped in the recent survey conducted by poll firm Social Weather Stations (SWS).

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Based on the SWS survey conducted in the last quarter of 2013, the ratings of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno slightly fell.

Binay’s net satisfaction rating for the last quarter of 2013 was at +62, slightly below from his September +69.

According to the SWS survey  posted on Monday in the Business World website, the +62 rating placed Binay’s satisfaction within “very good” territory.

SWS said the net satisfaction scores of +70 and up are interpreted 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.”

Reacting to the survey, Binay  said his satisfaction rating remain high despite a slight drop in the December 11-16, 2013 survey.

In fact, Binay said this is the seventh “very good” rating for him since 2010, noting that he scored seven “excellent” ratings in SWS surveys since assuming office.

He also thanked those who continuously trust him and appreciate the service he rendered as Vice President, as presidential adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers’ concerns and as head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council.

“Your confidence and faith in what I do inspire me more to give my best for our people,” he added.

The poll also indicated that among the top government officials in the country, Binay remains to have the highest satisfaction rating.

Senate President Franklin Drilon’s ratings registered a bigger drop to a “moderate” +25 with 52 percent satisfied and 26 percent dissatisfied with his performance

Drilon’s ratings had been a “good” +37 in September.

While Speaker Feliciano Belmonte stayed at the “moderate” territory with a net satisfaction rating of +16 with 41 percent satisfied and 25 percent dissatisfied, two points below his September score.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno’s ratings fell a point to +16 with 40 percent satisfied and 25 percent dissatisfied but stayed in “moderate” territory.

Among the government institutions whose ratings also skidded in the latest SWS survey include: the Senate, House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.

The Senate’s ratings fell three points, from +36 in September to +33, with 57 percent satisfied and 24 percent dissatisfied. However, this was still in “good” territory.

The satisfaction ratings for the House of Representatives fell to +26 with 51 percent satisfied and 24 percent dissatisfied, down a point from September, which falls in moderate territory.

The Supreme Court registered a five-point decline to +36 with 57 percent satisfied and 22 percent dissatisfied, considered as “good.”

Meanwhile, the Cabinet remained in “moderate” territory despite a seven-point decline from September to +20 with 46 percent satisfied and 26 percent dissatisfied.

The December 2013 survey used face-to-face interview to 1,550 adult Filipino respondents.

RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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