Yolanda victims give PNoy 'very good' grade
MANILA, Philippines – Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) are happier about the performance of President Aquino last year compared to the rest of the population, shows a newly released breakdown of Social Weather Stations (SWS).
Among Yolanda victims SWS polled in December 2013, 73% said they were satisfied with the President and 19% said they were dissatisfied. It's a net satisfaction rating of +54% or equivalent to "very good."
Outside the Yolanda-devastated areas, 69% said they were satisfied with Aquino, while 21% said they were not. It translates to a net satisfaction rating of +48% or "good."
It's a breakdown of the earlier released SWS survey showing that the President's satisfaction rating was unaffected by Typhoon Yolanda inspite of the widespread criticism against government preparation and response to the super typhoon that killed at least 6,000. (READ: Aquino's long political honeymoon over)
Yolanda wreaked havoc in the Visayas, where Filipinos are historically kinder to government officials. Even at the height of ouster calls against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Visayas gave her better ratings than the rest of the country.
Metro Manila and Luzon are often more critical of the government.
The Yolanda victims gave Aquino a "very good" grade even as they consider themselves poorer than the rest of the country. The SWS survey mirrors an earlier release by another polling firm, Pulse Asia, which captured the bleak situation of the Yolanda victims.
In December 2013, 72% of Yolanda victims considered themselves poor compared to 52% among non-victims.
Among Yolanda victims, 23.9% said they've experienced hunger at least once in the past 3 months compared to 17.2% among non-victims.
Self-rated hunger and poverty statistics may not reflect government statistics which use particular criteria in measuring hunger and poverty.
Pulse Asia also showed Aquino maintaining his nationwide satisfaction ratings before Typhoon Yolanda hit the country although a significant decline was seen among respondents in Luzon. – Rappler.com