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3 of 4 Pinoys ‘satisfied’ with Aquino govt performance, latest SWS survey shows

President Benigno S. Aquino III assures that the government have sufficient funds for the rehabilitation of Zamboanga City damaged by the standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces during the media briefing at the Zamboanga City Airport on Thursday (September 19, 2013). The President reiterates the government’s prime objective in safeguarding the life of remaining hostages of the MNLF. In photo is Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.(MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III assures that the government have sufficient funds for the rehabilitation of Zamboanga City damaged by the standoff between the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces during the media briefing at the Zamboanga City Airport on Thursday (September 19, 2013). The President reiterates the government’s prime objective in safeguarding the life of remaining hostages of the MNLF. In photo is Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.(MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Aquino administration scored a new public satisfaction rating high, with three out of four Filipinos satisfied with its performance, according to a new survey conducted end-June by pollster Social Weather Stations.

In its survey conducted June 28 to 30, SWS also noted the administration scored improvements as well from the public on several issues.

SWS said 75 percent of adults were satisfied while 16 percent were ambivalent and nine percent were dissatisfied with the government’s general performance.

The SWS said this translated to a “very good” net score of +66, where the net score is the percentage satisfied minus percentage dissatisfied.

Also, it said this was a 13-point improvement from the “very good” +53 (68 percent satisfied, 15 percent dissatisfied) in March.

The score also beat the “very good” +64 in September and November 2010, it added.

However, the administration also saw a dip in ratings in:

  • Reconciliation with Muslim rebels, +29 from +31 in March
  • Reconciliation with communist rebels, +24 from +28
  • Eradicating graft and corruption, +18 from +19

The survey was conducted before the clash in ZamboangaCity between government and Moro National Liberation Front forces last September 9.

Results of the survey were posted Thursday on SWS’ media partner BusinessWorld.

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.”

Higher than predecessors

Also, SWS noted the Aquino administration’s satisfaction scores remained “substantially higher” than those of its predecessors.

The previous peak for another administration was a “good” +36 in November 1998 under then President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada.

For the survey, the SWS interviewed 1,200 adults with error margins of +/-3% for national and +/-6% for area percentages applying to the survey.

By location

The Aquino administration’s satisfaction scores rose across all regions, including an “excellent” +76 in the Visayas from +45 (“very good”) in March.

It also improved in Metro Manila by 10 points (+53) and 14 points Balance Luzon (+68), both of which are considered “very good.”

But it was not changed in Mindanao, though at +63, or “very good.”

Socioeconomic class

The administration scored a +61, “very good,” among the ABC class.

In the Class D or the masses, the administration saw a 15-point improvement to +65, “very good” as well.

Among the Class E, the administration’s ratings improved to an “excellent” +71, from a “very good” +60 in March.

Other issues

The SWS also noted improvements for the administration on 14 issues, including:

Very Good:

  • 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

Good:

  • 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.

Moderate:

  • 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.

The SWS did not test the issue of “resolving the Maguindanao massacre with justice,” where the administration got a “poor” rating in March.   (MNS)

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