SWS: Aquino admin scores 75% satisfaction in 2nd quarter-A A +A
Thursday, September 19, 2013
MANILA -- Seventy-five percent or three out of four Filipinos are satisfied with the Aquino administration's performance so far, according to a new survey conducted end-June by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The SWS survey from June 28 to 30 also noted the administration scored improvements as well from the public on several issues.
But the administration also saw a drop in its scores on some issues, including reconciliation with rebel groups and eradicating graft - President Benigno Aquino III's campaign battlecry.
The survey was conducted before the clash in Zamboanga City between government and Moro National Liberation Front forces last September 9.
SWS considers net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent," +50 to +69 as “very good," +30 to +49 as “good," +10 to +29 as “moderate," +9 to -9 as “neutral," -10 to -29 as “poor," -30 to -49 as “bad," -50 to -69 as “very bad," and -70 and below as “execrable.”
The SWS survey showed 75 percent of adults were satisfied while 16 percent were ambivalent and nine percent were dissatisfied with the government's general performance.
Malacanang welcomed Thursday the high satisfaction rating of the Aquino administration in a recent survey, vowing to continue to remain focused on attaining inclusive growth as well as fighting corruption.
In his regular press briefing, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said that the government is happy that the recent SWS survey result came out, noting that it was no longer news to the Palace.
“We have already said we were happy in June, we will always be happy if the numbers are up. But then this is a challenge for the government to always do better than what we did,” Lacierda said.
The survey showed a “very good” net score of +66, where the net score is the percentage satisfied minus percentage dissatisfied.
The score also beat the “very good” +64 in September and November 2010, it added.
SWS also noted the Aquino government's satisfaction rating was also "substantially higher" than the satisfaction scores of its predecessors, including Joseph Estrada's “good" +36 in November 1998.
The Aquino administration's satisfaction scores rose across all regions, and improved in Metro Manila by 10 percentage points and 14 percentage points in Balance Luzon.
It scored a +61, "very good," among the ABC class, +65, "very good" among Class D, and an “excellent” +71 among Class E.
The SWS survey saw improvements on 14 issues, including:
- Providing basic elementary and high school education, a new issue in the survey: +58, “very good”
- Helping the poor: +57, “very good,” up 1 point from March
- Defending the country’s territorial rights, +45, improvement from +37 in March
- Promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, +41, down from the “very good” +50 in March
- Providing jobs, +38 from +30
- Foreign relations, +37, down from +47
- Fighting terrorism, +36 from +33
- Fighting crimes, +31, up from a “moderate” +17.
- Reconciliation with Muslim rebels, +29 down from a “good” +31 in March
- Reconciliation with communist rebels, +24 from +28
- Ensuring that no family will be hungry, +19 from a “neutral” +7
- Fighting inflation, +18 from a “neutral” +4
- Eradicating graft and corruption, +18 from +19
- Ensuring that oil firms don’t take advantage of oil prices, +10 from a “neutral” +4.
Laceirda said that regardless of what the numbers will be, "the government is focused on addressing inclusive growth and addressing corruption in the country." (JK/SDR/Sunnex)