Gov't satisfaction ratings drop for 2nd straight quarter

Posted at 02/03/2014 1:23 PM

MANILA – Public satisfaction with the Aquino administration dropped for a second quarter in a row, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said.

The result of the December 11-16 SWS survey, first published by the BusinessWorld, said the Aquino government's ratings remained at a "very good" +51, with 71% of the 1,550 respondents satisfied, 10% ambivalent and 19% dissatisfied.

The net score was lower than September 2013's "very good" +56 and the record +66 posted in June.

Overall satisfaction with the administration dropped in all regions except Mindanao with "very good" +64.

The administration's ratings in Visayas dropped by 9 points to "very good" +51; 7 points to +52 in Balance Luzon; and 15 points to +30 in Metro Manila.

The SWS noted that while the administration's rating dropped, it is still significantly higher compared to previous governments.

The polling firm said the highest rating for a previous administration is that of then President Joseph Estrada ("Good" +36) in November 1998.

13 issues

Meanwhile, the administration scored "very good" in only two of the 13 issues: defending the country's territorial rights (+52, up from the "good" +49 last September); and foreign relations (+50, up from +41).

"Good" scores were recorded in terms of helping the poor (+49, down from a "very good" +54); promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (+44 from +48); and fighting terrorism (+33 from +35).

"Moderate" scores were obtained in terms of reconciliation with communist rebels (+21 from +27); reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+21 from +25); and fighting crimes (+18, down from a "good" +35).

The administration scored "neutral" in terms of eradicating graft and corruption (+8 from a "moderate" +23); and ensuring that no family will be left hungry" (+2 from +9).

"Poor" scores were obtained for fighting inflation (-10 from a "neutral" +8); and ensuring that oil companies don't take advantage of oil prices (-14 from a "neutral" zero three months earlier).

Resolving the Maguindanao massacre remains to be a problem for the administration, with respondents giving it a "very bad" rating of -51.