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Aquino govt satisfaction rating recovers in Q3 —SWS

(Updated 6:38 p.m.) The Aquino administration's satisfaction rating recovered in the third quarter of 2014, registering a "good" +35 in September from the "moderate" +29 in June, according to a poll taken by the Social Weather Stations. 

The SWS third quarter poll found that 59 percent of adults were satisfied with the Aquino administration's general performance, with 24 percent dissatisfied, and 16 percent ambivalent.

In the second quarter, when the administration’s ratings fell to record lows in all geographic areas and declined across socioeconomic classes, 56 percent were satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied, and 18 percent  ambivalent.

Under the SWS' classification, net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above are rated as “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”; and -70 and below “execrable.”

In a statement later in the afternoon, presidential spokesman Secretary Edwin Lacierda said the survey's result proved that the public is satisfied with the government's reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.

"Despite negative comments made from some quarters, this survey demonstrates the people’s voice—that this administration is responsive to their needs," Lacierda said.

The SWS noted that the government's improved satisfaction numbers were similar to President Benigno Aquino III's improved satisfaction rating. Aquino's third-quarter net satisfaction rating rebounded to a “good” +34 from a “moderate” +25 in June.

Public satisfaction with key government officials, except that for Vice-President Jejomar Binay and top government institutions, also saw rating improvements in the third quarter.

The SWS poll was taken from September 26 to 29, with 1,200 respondents. There were sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.

Geographically, socio-economic classes

The SWS said that the government's satisfaction recovery was due to considerable ratings improvements in Metro Manila, and in classes ABC and “masa.”

The Aquino administration's net satisfaction rating rose in Metro Manila to a “good” +36, a 20-point improvement over the “moderate” +16 in June.

Balance Luzon's rating remained “moderate,” down two points to +24 from +26.

In the Visayas, ratings went up to +45 from +41. In Mindanao, numbers improved to +46 from +34. All these numbers fall under the “good” category.

By socio-economic class, public satisfaction with the Aquino administration improved except in Class E, or the “mahirap,” where it stayed at “good” +38.

In Class ABC, net satisfaction rose one level to “good” at +47, 20 points above the “moderate” +27 in June.

Class D or the “masa” gave the administration a net satisfaction rating of “good” +33 in September, six points better than the “moderate” +27 in June.


The poll also rated the administration on 19 issues.

The government was rated a “very good” +52 in helping victims of disasters.

The administration was rated “good” in:
- helping the poor, +44 from +39
- foreign relations, +43 from +41
- defending the country’s territorial rights, +42, down from +43
- developing science and technology, +42
- preparing for climate change, +41
- providing enough supply of electricity, +41 down from +45
- promoting welfare of overseas Filipino workers, +39 or down from +42)
- ensuring an efficient transportation system, +36

It was rated “moderate” in:
- reconciliation with communist rebels, +28 from +17
- reconciliation with Moro rebels, +27 from +22
- fighting terrorism, +23 from +21
- providing jobs, +21 from +20
- fighting crime, +14 from +13
- eradicating graft and corruption, +14 from +12

It was rated “neutral” in:
- ensuring that no family will go hungry, -5 from -9
- fighting inflation, -7, up from “poor” -18
- ensuring oil firms don’t take advantage of oil prices, -7, up from “poor”-19

Finally, the Aquino government was rated “poor” in resolving the Maguindanao massacre case with justice at a -36, from June's -44. — Joel Locsin/DVM/KG/KBK, GMA News