MANILA -- With only six months left in power, satisfaction with the government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo registered a record low, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

At -23 (28 percent satisfied and 51 percent dissatisfied) in December of last year, the administration’s net satisfaction rating (percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied) dropped from -20 in the third quarter and topped the previous record of -21 in June 2008.

The result, however, remains within the range of scores the SWS describes as "poor" -- a category the executive branch has been in since February 2009.

Last December, a separate SWS survey showed Arroyo getting a failing grade in net satisfaction, which stayed "bad" at -38.

The SWS tags scores of +50 and above as "very good"; +30 to +49, "good"; +10 to +29, "moderate"; +9 to -9, "neutral"; -10 to -29, "poor"; -30 to -49, "bad"; and -50 or lower, "very bad."

The quarterly SWS survey was conducted from December 5-10, using face-to-face interviews with 2,100 respondents. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)