Alvarez, Sereno see 13-point drop in satisfaction ratings – SWS survey

Camille Elemia
Alvarez, Sereno see 13-point drop in satisfaction ratings – SWS survey
(UPDATED) Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno receives a net satisfaction rating of -7 while House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez gets a rating of +1

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – One faces the risk of impeachment while the other presides over the chamber seeking that ouster. Yet Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez both faced a steep decline in their net satisfaction ratings.

The March 2018 Social Weather Stations survey showed the net satisfaction ratings of Sereno and Alvarez nosedived by similar whopping 13 points each. Both officials fell to their new personal record-lows. 

This is in contrast to Vice President Leni Robredo and Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, Alvarez’s party mate, who both kept their “good” ratings.

Alvarez received a net satisfaction rating of +1 (neutral), down by 13 points (moderate) from +14 in December 2017.

This is 7 points below his previous record-low of neutral +8 in September 2017.

The 13-point decline in Alvarez’s net rating was due to decreases of 28 points (from moderate to neutral) in his home region of Mindanao, 12 points (moderate to neutral) in the Visayas, and 10 points (neutral) in Balance Luzon, combined with a 3-point increase in Metro Manila.

Alvarez experienced ratings upgrade only among non-elementary graduates, up from neutral +9 to moderate +12.

He experienced downgrades across all ages, both urban and rural areas, Classes D and E, and both men and women.

In response, Alvarez said survey results challenge him to do better work.

While he said the 17th Congress has fulfilled its jobs in passing significant laws, he claimed that the survey results show that many Filipinos have yet to feel the impact of these laws.

“Hence, there is a need to cultivate further a more free-flowing exchange of communications to be able to reach out to a greater number of people throughout the country – to make them more aware of the reforms… There is a huge task ahead but we will persevere for all to benefit from it,” he said in a statement.

Sereno’s new personal record-low

Sereno, meanwhile, stayed neutral but had a double-digit decline of 13 points, from +6 in December 2017 to a new personal record-low of -7 (29% satisfied, 37% dissatisfied, 29% undecided).

This is 6 points below her previous record-low of neutral -1 in December 2015.

Sereno’s ratings dropped across all geographic areas – 27 points (from neutral to poor) in Mindanao, 13 points (moderate to neutral) in the Visayas, 11 points (neutral) in Balance Luzon, and 3 points (neutral to poor) in Metro Manila.

She also experienced decline in both urban and rural areas and across all age groups and classes, except in Class E where her rating remained 0.

The SWS uses the terms “excellent” for +70 and above, “very good” for +50 to +69, “good” for +30 to +49, “moderate” for +10 to +29, “neutral” for +9 to -9, “poor” for -10 to -29, “bad” for -30 to -49, “very bad” for -50 to -69, and “execrable” for -70 and below.

The survey was conducted from March 23 to 27, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. It has error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among the events at the time were President Rodrigo Duterte’s string of rants against the International Criminal Court, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s preparation for the recount of vice presidential votes, and the impeachment hearings against Sereno, including her supposed non-filing of Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Networth (SALN), among others. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is Rappler's lead reporter for media, disinformation issues, and democracy. She won an ILO award in 2017. She received the prestigious Fulbright-Hubert Humphrey fellowship in 2019, allowing her to further study media and politics in the US. Email camille.elemia@rappler.com