By Corina Oliquino | FilAm Star Correspondent
MANILA – In the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, the public’s satisfaction with the Aquino administration declined, but managed to pull through a “good” rating.
In the March 30-April 02, 2016 survey, the net satisfaction rating of Aquino administration showed a 4-point decline from December 2015’s +39 (with 61 percent satisfied and 23 percent dissatisfied) to +35 in the April 2016 survey with 60 percent of adult Filipinos surveyed satisfied, 14 percent neither satisfied nor dissatisfied and 26 percent dissatisfied with the general performance of the outgoing administration.
The April 2016 SWS survey was done using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with a sampling error margins of ±3 percent.
SWS also noted that the survey on the general performance of the national administration was non-commissioned and done in SWS’ own initiative.
As per the Net Satisfaction Ratings terminology, a +70 and above rating is classified 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” or unpleasant.
National Government’s performance according to issues
According to the latest survey, out of the 16 specific performance issues, the Aquino administration scored “good” on three issues, “moderate” on five issues and “neutral” on eight issues.
• The Aquino administration scored “good” on Helping the poor with +43, Foreign relations with +36 and Promoting the Welfare of OFWs with +34.
• In addition, it scored “moderate” on the following: Protecting consumer rights with +29, Defending the country’s territorial rights with +28, Planning government programs with +27, Providing jobs with +23 and Restoring peace to Mindanao with +16
• On the other hand, the outgoing administration scored “neutral” on issues such as Fighting terrorism with +7, Fighting crimes +4, Reconciliation with Muslim rebels with +4, Rehabilitating areas damaged by conflict in Mindanao with +4, Ensuring that no family will ever be hungry with +3, Eradicating graft and corruption with +2, Reconciliation with Communist rebels with -2 and Fighting inflation with -3.
As for the increase and decline of the government’s net rating on some issues, according to SWS, the government’s rating increased by one grade on two issues, steady on 13 issues and declined by one grade on a specific issue.
• In terms of the administration’s +43 rating on the issue of Helping the poor, from +36 in the December 2015 survey of the same kind, it increased by seven points to +43 while Foreign relations went up by a point from +35 to +36 and Promoting the welfare of OFWs was up by two points from then +32 to +34 in the latest survey.
• The “moderate” grade went to Protecting consumer rights; from “neutral” it rose by one grade and according to SWS, it was “up by 25 points since10 years ago, when it was at +4 in December 2005.”
• Same goes with Planning programs of government; from “neutral’ it rose from one grade with 28 points increase since 15 years ago when it was at -1 in December 2000.
• Defending the country’s territorial rights fell by one grade from “good” to “moderate,” declining two points from +30 in the December 2015 survey.
• Providing jobs stayed “moderate” and was up by 12 points from +11 in March 2015.
• Restoring peace to Mindanao also stayed “moderate” as it declined by two points from December 2015’s +18.
• Fighting inflation (up by four points from -7) and Eradicating graft and corruption (up by three points from -1) stayed “neutral” compared to the December 2015 survey.
• Other issues also stayed “neutral” such as Fighting crimes (hardly moving from +3), Ensuring that no family will ever be hungry (hardly moving from +2), Rehabilitating areas damaged by conflict in Mindanao (hardly moving from +5), Reconciliation with Muslim rebels (steady at +4), and Fighting terrorism (steady at +7).
“It also stayed neutral on Reconciliation with Communist rebels, although down by four points from +1,” the survey added.
Satisfaction rating per region and economic class
Comparing the April 2016 survey to December 2015 survey, SWS noted that the Aquino administration’s rating stayed “very good” in the Visayas, “good” in Mindanao and Balance Luzon and in Metro Manila however, it fell by one grade from “good” to “moderate”.
“The National Administration’s net satisfaction rating stayed very good in the Visayas, up by 6 points from +52 in December to +58 in April 2016. This is the highest in this area since +60 in September 2013,” the SWS survey said.
While Mindanao’s rating stayed “good”, it was down by three points from +36 and +33 and in Balance Luzon, down by five points from +35 to +30.
In Metro Manila where the net rating dipped by one grade from “good” to “moderate” it was down by 19 points from +36 to +17.
As per the net rating per economic classes, the national administration stayed “good” in Class E and Class D and “moderate” in Class ABC.
The survey data showed that in Class E where the sating stayed “good” it was up by two points from +44 in December 2015 to +46 in April 2016, it also stayed “good” in Class D or the masa though it declined by seven points from +39 to +32 while in Class ABC where the rating was “moderate” it also declined by six points from +23 to +17.
According to new, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma in behalf of the Aquino administration, said that they were grateful for the “support given by the public.”
“The Aquino administration did its best to transform Philippine society on a platform of good governance. More importantly, Filipinos have adopted a can-do attitude in lieu of their erstwhile feeling of hopelessness. President Aquino is grateful for the support extended by the Filipino people throughout his incumbency,” Coloma said.