By Raynan F. Javil

Top officials rate moderate to good in SWS survey

Posted on October 27, 2016

NET SATISFACTION ratings of Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo, Senate President Aquilino Martin L. Pimentel III, House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes A. Sereno for the third quarter ranged from “moderate” to “good,” a new Social Weather Stations survey showed.

Results of a Sept. 24 to 27 survey among 1,200 adults nationwide -- with sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages; ±6% each for Metro Manila, “Balance Luzon,” the Visayas and Mindanao -- showed that 65% were satisfied with Ms. Robredo’s performance in her first three months in office, 16% were dissatisfied and 18% were undecided.

Overall, Ms. Robredo had a net satisfaction rating of +49 (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied), which the SWS classifies as “good.”

The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings 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.”

For comparison, initial net satisfaction ratings of vice-presidents in the post-Marcos era were as follows: Salvador H. Laurel, “good” +44 in the Oct. 4-29, 1986 survey; Joseph E. Estrada, “excellent” +78 in the Aug. 10-Sept. 8, 1992 survey; Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, “excellent” +73 in the Sept. 11-29, 1998 survey; Teofisto T. Guingona, Jr., “moderate” +19 in the March 5-18, 2001 survey; Manuel “Noli” L. De Castro, “good” +39 in the Aug. 5-22, 2004 survey; and Jejomar C. Binay, “very good” +58 in the Sept. 24-27, 2010.

Mr. Pimentel, meanwhile, got a net satisfaction rating of “good” +37 (54% satisfied, 26% undecided, 17% dissatisfied).

The initial net satisfaction ratings of past Senate Presidents were as follows: Jovito R. Salonga, the first Senate President of the post Marcos-era Fifth Republic, “very good” +56 in the March 2-May 4, 1990 survey; Neptali A. Gonzales in his first time in office, “moderate” +28 in the Jan. 25-Feb. 10, 1992 survey; Edgardo J. Angara, “very good” +53 in the April 5-May 9, 1993 survey; Ernesto M. Maceda, “good” +41 in the Nov. 21-Dec. 17, 1996 survey; Marcelo B. Fernan, “good” +48 in the Sept. 11-29, 1998 survey; Blas F. Ople, “good” +42 in the Sept. 25-Oct. 11, 1999 survey; Franklin M. Drilon in his first time in office, “good” +48 in the June 20-July 7, 2000 survey; Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., “moderate” +22 in the Dec. 8-17, 2000 survey; Manuel B. Villar, “good” +42 in the Sept. 24-Oct. 2, 2006 survey, and Juan F. Ponce Enrile, “neutral” +5 in the Nov. 28-Dec. 1, 2008 survey.

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Meanwhile, 41% were satisfied with the performance of Mr. Alvarez, 32% were undecided, and 19% were dissatisfied, yielding a net satisfaction rating of “moderate” +22.

For comparison, the initial net satisfaction ratings of past House Speakers were: Ramon V. Mitra Jr., “good” +33 in the Jan. 25-Feb. 28, 1990 survey; Jose C. de Venecia, Jr. in his first time in office, “good” +39 in the Aug. 10-Sept. 8, 1992 survey; Manuel B. Villar, Jr., “moderate” +22 in the Sept. 11-29, 1998 survey; Arnulfo P. Fuentebella, “neutral” -4 in the Dec. 8-17, 2000 survey; and Prospero C. Nograles, “poor” -15 in the June 19-22, 2009 survey.

The first SWS survey on the net satisfaction ratings of former Speaker and Quezon City Rep. Feliciano R. Belmonte Jr. was done during his second time in office, which logged a “neutral” +9 in the Sept. 24-27, 2010 survey.

Ms. Sereno obtained a personal record-high of “moderate” +26 (44% satisfied, 31% undecided, and 18% dissatisfied) in the September survey, up 9 percentage points from the +17 logged in June survey.

“This surpassed the previous personal record-high of ‘moderate’ +17 obtained in September 2013 and also in June 2016,” the SWS said in its report.

In a statement, Ms. Robredo said “The people’s support inspires us to work even more and we are thankful to everyone who continues to put their trust and confidence in our office.”

Sought for comment, Edmund S. Tayao, political science professor at the University of Santo Tomas, said the survey showed that, “overall, there’s a positive feedback from the public as far as the government is concerned.”

“The public is satisfied with what the government is doing, hence, these positive ratings,” he added.

For the House of Representatives, which Mr. Tayao described as an institution with “the least political capital,” the popularity of the President “rubs to them considering that they are identified as a key personalities or leaders working with the President.”