Aquino admin's ratings slightly up ahead of May 2016 – SWS
MANILA, Philippines – The net satisfaction rating of the Aquino administration increased to +39 in the last quarter of 2015 from +37 in the 3rd quarter, still falling in the “good” category, according to a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Survey results, first published in BusinessWorld on Thursday, January 21, showed 61% of the 1,200 respondents satisfied with the overall performance of the Aquino administration, 23% were not satisfied, while the remaining 16% were undecided.
The government received “good” net satisfaction ratings on 4 issues – helping the poor, foreign relations, promoting welfare of migrant workers, and defending territorial rights. It received “moderate” rating on restoration of peace in Mindanao.
The administration got a “very bad” net rating in resolving the Maguindanao massacre, which happened more than 6 years ago.
Respondents, meanwhile, were “neutral” on the following issues: fighting terrorism, rehabilitating areas damaged by conflict in Mindanao, reconciliation with Muslim rebels, fighting crimes, ensuring that no family will ever be hungry, reconciliation with communist rebels, eradication of graft and corruption, and fighting inflation.
SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +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 conducted nationwide from December 5 to 8, 2015, with a margin of error of ±3 percentage points for national percentages and ±6 percentage points each for the regions.
Malacañang, for its part, welcomed its highest rating since June 2014.
Palace Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said the favorable results, which came less than 4 months before the 2016 presidential elections, prompt the government to improve its services.
“We are gratified by public affirmation and this prods government to intensify efforts to fully implement the reform and development programs that promote the well being of our people. Attainment of the goal to achieve inclusive growth requires sustained dedication and perseverance,” Coloma said in a text message on Thursday, January 21. – Rappler.com