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SWS poll : aquino gets “good” rating on net satisfaction rating, 2QTR 2011

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Aquino administration maintains ‘good’ rating

FILIPINOS CONTINUE to hold a favorable view of the Aquino administration’s performance, with the Social Weather Stations (SWS) reporting a satisfaction rating well above those of previous governments and favorable scores in all but one issue.

 June’s “good” net rating of +45 (62% satisfied, 17% dissatisfied and 19% ambivalent), while down a point from March and substantially lower than the record “very good” +64 hit in September and November last year, is still higher than all other scores recorded since 1986, the SWS said.

The best previous rating, it noted, was the “good” +36 notched by the Estrada administration in November 1998.

Respondents said they were also satisfied with the Aquino government’s performance regarding 17 specific issues, with record highs hit in terms of helping migrant Filipinos and pursuing tax evaders. The sole failing mark — although up from March — involved the resolution of the Maguindanao massacre.

Malacañang claimed that the lower scores were “statistically insignificant” and passed the blame regarding the almost two-year-old massacre onto the justice system. A Palace official claimed they were “as unhappy as the people in the manner and pace of the trial”.

The second-quarter Social Weather Survey, conducted from June 3-6, used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. The sampling error margins were ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.

The SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69, “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; ≠+10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below “execrable”.

Compared to the previous quarter, net satisfaction with the Aquino administration’s general performance rose in Mindanao but fell in all other areas. By socioeconomic class it rose among the ABC, stayed the same among the D or masa, and fell in the E category.

In Mindanao, the score was up ten points to a “very good” +57. It stayed “good” in Balance Luzon but was down five points to +37. The rating fell to “good” from “very good” levels, however, in both the Visayas and Metro Manila, down four points to +47 in the former and two points to +48 in the latter.

By class, a 26-point spike to a “good” +45 was notched among the ABC. A two-point gain was recorded among the masa to a “good” +48 but the score plummeted by 14 points in the E category to a “good” +36.

Out of the 17 specific issues tested, the Aquino administration scored a “good” on five, “moderate” on eight, “neutral” on three and “poor” on one. Two issues were new to the survey and the SWS explained that it repeats only a “core” set, with others added/dropped depending on their “contemporary salience”.

With regard to promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, the government scored a record “good” +41, surpassing the previous peak — a “moderate” +33 — hit in March 2000. The issue was last tested by the SWS in December 2009 when the score was a “moderate” +26.

The administration’s highest specific score came in terms of being prepared for strong typhoons — the first time this issue was included in the survey — at a “good” +46.

The remaining “good” ratings involved helping the poor (+44, down three points from March), foreign relations (+43, down a point from March) and fighting terrorism (+30, up a point from three months earlier).

The eight “moderate” ratings involved:

• housing for the poor (+27, down three points from March);

• reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+25, down seven points from March);

• reconciliation with communist rebels (+23, down eight points from March);

• fighting crimes (+23, up three points from March);

• prosecuting tax evaders (+22, up significantly from the “poor” -11 when the issue was last tested in May 2005);

• deciding quickly on important problems (+22, down a point from March);

• suppressing private armies in Mindanao (+17, down seven points from March); and

• eradicating graft and corruption (+16, up two points from March).

The Aquino administration’s score on prosecuting tax evaders, the SWS said, was a new peak, surpassing the previous record of a “neutral” +6 in November 1998, March 1999, and July 2000.

“Neutral” net ratings, meanwhile, were recorded for the issues of fighting inflation (+4, up four points from zero in March), ensuring no family will be hungry (+4, down a point from March) and ensuring that oil firms do not take advantage of oil prices (zero; this was the first time that the issue was included).

The administration continued to be rated “poor” in terms of resolving the Maguindanao massacre, although its latest score of -16 was slightly better than March’s -19.

Sought for comment, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the general performance drop was “statistically insignificant because it is within the margin of error.”

He noted, however, that scores have been consistently low for the Visayas region. “We need to focus on what’s going on in the Visayas … that’s something we need to look into…”

Lower scores with regard to peace talks with Muslim and communist rebels, he claimed, were due to a “lack of news”. Mr. Lacierda claimed, “We are making headway in both areas. We will make some announcements in the future. We’re still within the target.”

Market forces and perception, meanwhile, were said to be responsible for the neutral ratings on fighting inflation and fuel prices.

“[I]t’s a gut issue; they see the changes in oil price … the only way they can be convinced that we are doing something about it is the oil prices go down. It’s based on market forces. It’s a perception thing,” Mr. Lacierda said.

As for the dissatisfaction over the handling of the Maguindanao massacre, Mr. Lacierda said the latest survey was conducted before recent developments such as the Supreme Court’s allowing live trial coverage.

He also stressed that the pace of the trial was up to the judge and not the Palace.

“[I]t’s really out of our hands. It’s really the judge that decides on the pace of the case. … We wanted it done faster, but we can’t [order the court to do so],” Mr. Lacierda said. — from a report by Johanna D. Poblete

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