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VP Binay satisfaction rating drops to record low in Q4 2014 —SWS


(Updated 10:14 a.m.) Vice President Jejomar Binay's net satisfaction rating fell to a record-low in the fourth quarter of 2014, a new Social Weather Stations poll found.
 
Binay’s net satisfaction rating fell to a +44 (65 percent satisfied, 20 percent dissatisfied) from a +52 (70 percent satisfied, 17 percent dissatisfied) in September. This was a downgrade from a “very good” in the third quarter to a "good" in December.
 
Binay has been accused of profiting from the allegedly overpriced construction of Makati City Hall Building II and Makati Science High School, bid rigging, and receiving kickbacks during his stint as Makati mayor.
 
He was also accused of owning a 350-hectare estate in Rosario, Batangas, a log cabin in Tagaytay Highlands, and maintaining his interest in several companies through dummies.
 
The Vice President repeatedly denied the accusations saying these were part of the operation to diminish his chances of winning in the 2016 polls. As early as 2010 when he won the post, Binay has expressed readiness to seek the presidency in the next elections.

The SWS poll was taken from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 among 1,000 adults nationwide. It has sampling error margins of ±2% for national percentages; ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon and Mindanao; and ±3% for the Visayas.
 
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 “execrable.”
 
The poll results were published on the BusinessWorld website.
 
Government officials
 
Despite the drop in Binay's satisfaction rating, the Vice President sill managed a better score than those of Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. 
 
Drilon and Belmonte also saw a drop in their satisfaction ratings for the fourth quarter, while Sereno's rating improved slightly.
 
Drilon’s net score fell to a “moderate” +28 (53 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied), from a “good” +36 (58 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied).
 
Belmonte’s score dropped two points to +11 (36 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied) from +13 (40 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied), and remained in "moderate" territory.
 
Sereno’s score “barely moved,” though it improved slightly to a “moderate” +11 (36 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied) from +10 (37 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied).
 
In contrast, President Benigno Aquino III's satisfaction rating improved slightly during the fourth quarter to a "good" +39 from a +34 in the third quarter.
 
Key government institutions
 
The SWS poll also found a drop in satisfaction with key government institutions.
 
The Senate got a “moderate” net satisfaction rating of +26 (53 percent satisfied, 27 percent dissatisfied) two points down from the “moderate” +28 (53 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied) in September.
 
The House of Representatives got a “moderate” +20 (45 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied) from +21 (45 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied) in the third quarter.
 
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s rating fell one grade to a “moderate” +26 (50 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied) - six points from a “good” +32 (54 percent satisfied, 22 percent dissatisfied) in September.
 
The Cabinet's score fell to a “neutral” +9 (37 percent satisfied, 29 percent dissatisfied) - a nine-point fall from a “moderate” +18 (43 percent satisfied, 26 percent dissatisfied). — Joel Locsin and Amita Legaspi/DVM/KG, GMA News
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