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VP Binay satisfaction rating falls to lowest since Nov 2010 – SWS

(Updated 1:08 p.m.) Vice President Jejomar Binay's satisfaction rating fell to its lowest in four years, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations published Sunday.

The Vice President had a net rating of +52 (70 percent satisfied, 17 percent dissatisfied), down 15 points from +67 (78 percent satisfied, 11 percent dissatisfied) in the second quarter.

While Binay's rating was within the "very good" range, this was lower than the previous record low of "very good" +57 in November 2010.

Binay has recently been linked to several controversies, including the alleged overpricing of the Makati City Hall Building II.

SWS 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”; and -70 and below as “execrable.”

The poll was taken from September 26 to 29, from 1,200 respondents. Sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages applied to the survey.

Reached for comment, Binay's camp said the Vice President remains happy that he still enjoys the trust of a great majority of the Filipino people amid the allegations hurled against him.

Other top officials

Despite the drop in the satisfaction poll, Binay still rated highest among the top five government officials.

President Benigno Aquino III had a "good" +34 in September (59 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied).

Senate President Franklin Drilon's score rose 16 points to a “good” +36 (58 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied) from a “moderate” +20 (50 percent satisfied, 30 percent dissatisfied) in June.

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.'s ratings rose 11 points to a “moderate” +13 (40 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied) from a “neutral” +2 (34 percent satisfied, 32 percent dissatisfied).

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's ratings rose four points to +10 (37 percent satisfied, 27 percent satisfied) from +6 (36 percent satisfied, 30 percent dissatisfied).

Government institutions

The September poll also found better satisfaction ratings for top government institutions.

The Senate recorded a 16-point upswing to a +28 (53 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied), though this was  still a “moderate” rating.

The House of Representatives’ score also remained at “moderate,” despite an eight point improvement to +21 (45 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied) from +13 (44 percent satisfied, 31 percent dissatisfied).

Public satisfaction with the Supreme Court remained at a “good” +32 (54 percent satisfied, 22 percent dissatisfied). This was two points better than the +30 (55 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied) in the second quarter.

As for the Cabinet, its score improved to a “moderate” +18 (43 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied), from a “neutral” +7 (39 percent satisfied, 32 percent dissatisfied) in the second quarter.

Declining ratings

Meanwhile, a Pulse Asia survey conducted from September 8 to 15 showed a 15 percent decline in VP Binay's approval ratings from his past rating in June.
Binay's approval rating was at 66 percent for the third quarter of 2014.
In June, it was reported that his approval rating was at 81 percent for the second quarter of 2014.
Binay's camp said the series of nationally televised hearings held by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall building II led to the slump in the approval ratings of the vice president— Joel Locsin/DVM/KG, GMA News