Filipinos’ final verdict on Aquino admin: ‘Very good’
The final SWS poll on the Aquino administration shows 66% of Filipinos satisfied with its performance, 17% dissatisfied, and 17% neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of +50

FINAL WALK. President Benigno Aquino III is given departure honors at the Malacanang Grounds on June 30, 2016, before President Rodrigo Duterte takes his oath. Malacañang Photo

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos gave the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III  a “very good” net satisfaction rating at the end of its service, pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said on Monday, August 15.

The survey results, first published in BusinessWorld, showed 66% of Filipinos  satisfied with the Aquino administration during its final week in office, 17% dissatisfied, and 17% neither satisfied nor dissatisfied, for a net satisfaction rating of +50.

The survey was conducted from June 24 to 27 among 1,200 adults nationwide – 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sampling error margins were at ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for the geographical locations, SWS said.

The Aquino administration’s final net rating is 15 points higher than its “good” +35 net rating in April.

It attained its highest-ever net satisfaction rating of +66 in June 2013 – also deemed as “very good,” according to the SWS.

The Aquino administration’s net satisfaction rating fell to its lowest in March 2015, when it obtained a “moderate” +19 on the heels of the Mamasapano clash, its worst crisis. Aquino has counted the incident as among the biggest “heartbreaks” of his administration.

Higher public satisfaction on response to key issues

The Aquino administration obtained much higher net satisfaction ratings in its performance on 13 issues cited in the latest survey, compared to the last poll in April.

In terms of specific issues, the previous administration scored the highest in developing science and technology with a net satisfaction rating of +54. Unlike the other issues which had been part of the quarterly poll, science and technology development was last included in September 2014 survey, where the Aquino administration scored a +42 net satisfaction rating on this issue.

The other issues where the previous administration scored “very good ratings” were on promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (+52 from +34), and helping the poor (+51 from +43).

It scored “good” net ratings in foreign relations (+48 from +36), defending the country’s territorial rights (+45 from +28), restoring peace to Mindanao (+43 from +16), providing jobs (+40 from +23), and fighting crime (+31 from +4).

It scored “moderate” net ratings in its fight against graft and corruption (+27 from +2 ), reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+25 from +4), reconciliation with communist rebels (+25 from -2), ensuring no family will ever be hungry (+25 from +3), and fighting inflation (+19 from -3).

By economic class, the highest – as well as the biggest jump – in net satisfaction with the Aquino administration was among class D or to +51 from +32 in April.

Next was the poorest class E (+50 from +46), and the well-off class ABC (+24 from +17.)

By location, the biggest jump in net satisfaction ratings in the Aquino administration was in the bailiwick of President Rodrigo Duterte, Mindanao (+60 from +33), but the highest level was recorded in the Visayas (+62 from +58).

The Aquino administration obtained higher net satisfaction ratings in the National Capital Region (+32 from +17), and in the Balance of Luzon (+45 from +30).

“The area estimates were weighted by National Statistics Office medium-population projections for 2016 to obtain the national estimates,” SWS said.

The following are the SWS terminology for its net satisfaction ratings: +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.” –