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Aquino net satisfaction rating reaches all-time low
Publication Date : 14-07-2014
The net satisfaction rating for Philippine President Benigno Aquino III dropped to its lowest level last June, a Social Weather Stations survey showed.
The latest poll, conducted among 1,200 respondents last June 27 to 30, showed that Aquino’s net satisfaction rating fell to a “moderate” +25 last month from a “good” +45 in March.
It is the lowest since the President took office in 2010 and the first time that his ranking reached “moderate” levels.
The SWS categorises its ratings as follows: +70 and above, “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 survey was taken amid complaints on the price hike of basic commodities and public discourse on the pork barrel scam and the Disbursement Acceleration Program, which was later declared partly unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Asked how satisfied they were with the performance of Aquino, 66 per cent said they were satisfied while 30 per cent said they were not, resulting in a net satisfaction rating of +25. Satisfaction with the President fell while dissatisfaction rose across all areas: National Capital Region, the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The greatest drop was registered in NCR with a net satisfaction rating of +6 from the previous +33.
Meanwhile, among economic classes, Class D and E showed the greatest drop, from a net satisfaction of +45 and +44, respectively, in March to +22 and +31 in June. Meanwhile, Class ABC’s net satisfaction rating dropped to +32, from +39 last March.
A question of success
Meanwhile, a majority or 50 per cent of the people remained convinced that it is still “too early to tell” whether Aquino is a successful or unsuccessful president.
However, those who said he was successful in June 2013 fell from 40 per cent to 29 per cent last month. Those who said he was unsuccessful increased from to 21 per cent from 13 per cent.
More people in Visayas and Mindanao, both at 40 per cent each, said Aquino was successful. This doubled that of Metro Manila and Luzon respondents with only 19 per cent and 21 per cent saying the President was successful.