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Alvarez’s net satisfaction drops to ‘personal low’ – SWS

Bea Cupin
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who is Davao del Norte 1st District Representative, sees the biggest decline in net satisfaction rating in Mindanao

PANTALEON ALVAREZ. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez reopens the session on July 24. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The net satisfaction rating of Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has dropped to a “personal low” of +8, according to the results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS)  survey.

Based on the results of the SWS 3rd Quarter 2017 survey released on Thursday, October 12, Alvarez suffered a “downgrade” in his net satisfaction rating,  moving down one classification level from a “neutral” +8 in September from a “moderate” +16 in June.

SWS considers the movement from one classification to another as either an “upgrade” or “downgrade.”

In the September survey, 34% of respondents said they were satisfied with Alvarez while 26% said they were dissatisfied. The rest were undecided.

Ironically, it’s in Mindanao where Alvarez’s numbers declined the most, according to the survey. The lawmaker is Davao del Norte 1st District Representative.

“The 8-point fall in Speaker Alvarez’s overall net satisfaction rating was due to declines of 19 points in Mindanao, 5 points in Metro Manila, and 5 points in Balance Luzon, combined with a steady score in the Visayas,” the SWS said.

“Double-digit declines in Speaker Alvarez’s net satisfaction ratings from June to September 2017 happened among class E, and among 35-44 year olds,” it added.

The SWS terminology for net satisfaction and net trust ratings are the following: +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 among 1,500 respondents nationwide from September 23 to 27.

Major events in the House during the survey period include the decision to slash the 2018 budgets of 3 agencies, including the Commission on Human Rights, to a mere P1,000. (READ: How the House voted for a P1,000 CHR budget)

While the House eventually relented, it was the subject of online and offline criticism. 

Alvarez defended the House several times, insisting that they cut the CHR budget only because of the Commission’s supposed failure to fulfill its mandate. (READ: Slash House budget instead of CHR? ‘Mga gago,’ says Alvarez) – Rappler.com

Bea Cupin

Bea is a senior multimedia reporter who covers national politics. She's been a journalist since 2011 and has written about Congress, the national police, and the Liberal Party for Rappler.