After slipping four times in past surveys, public satisfaction with Vice President Jejomar Binay rebounded in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll.
The survey, conducted from June 5 to 8, showed that 64 percent of the 1,200 respondents were satisfied, 22 percent were dissatisfied and 13 percent were dissatisfied and 13 percent were undecided with Binay’s performance.
The numbers equate to a net satisfaction rating of +42, which is up 11 points from the Vice President’s +31 rating recorded in March.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction score of +42 as “good.”
Malacañang, however, appears not impressed with Binay’s improved satisfaction ratings.
“If you look at the dates that the SWS survey was taken, you would see that the significant event here for this week has not happened yet.
Certainly, [a lot of things have changed from the time the survey was conducted to the present that finds us talking to each other now],” its deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said in a news conference.
“So we don’t know. We will leave it to the political analysts to determine what effect it will have on his ratings for the third quarter either as a Vice President or as a presidential candidate for 2016. We’ll leave it to them,” she added.
Public satisfaction with Binay has been declining since June last year.
In the SWS March 2014 survey, his net satisfaction rating was an “excellent” +73. It went down to a “very good” +67 in June, +52 in September, a “good” +44 in December, and +31 in March 2015.
Binay had been falling in past months, after he was linked to various allegations of corruption. He is accused of receiving kickbacks from projects in Makati City (Metro Manila) when he was still mayor there, including the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 and Makati Science High School building.
The Vice President was also accused of having undeclared pieces of property that he supposedly hides under the names of dummies.
He has denied the allegations, describing them as politically motivated.