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Satisfaction with state institutions ‘good’ -- poll

Posted on December 29, 2016

NET SATISFACTION ratings of key government institutions were “good” in the last three months of 2016, according to results of a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that nevertheless showed scores were the lowest in three quarters.

The Fourth Quarter 2016 Social Weather Survey -- conducted on Dec. 3-6 via face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide and with a ±3% sampling error margin -- found 50% of respondents satisfied, 17% dissatisfied with and 30% undecided on the performance of the Cabinet of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, who assumed office last June 30, yielding a “good” +32 net satisfaction score (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied), although down by four points from September’s “good” +36 (49% satisfied, 13% dissatisfied).

SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of at least +70 as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “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”; as well as -70 and below, “execrable.” SWS considers the movement from one classification to another as either an “upgrade” or “downgrade.”

The same survey found 63% satisfied and 15% dissatisfied with the performance of the Senate, while 21% were undecided, yielding a “good” +48 net satisfaction score that was one grade and four points down from September’s “very good” +52 (66% satisfied, 14% dissatisfied).

Net public satisfaction with the House of Representatives remained “good,” steadying to a +36 (52% satisfied, 17% dissatisfied, 29% undecided, rounded off) this quarter from September’s +38 (53% satisfied, 14% dissatisfied).

Lastly, SWS found that 56% were satisfied, 18% were dissatisfied with and 24 were undecided on the Supreme Court’s performance, retaining a “good” net satisfaction score at +38 in this month’s survey, barely moved from September’s +40 (54% satisfied, 14% dissatisfied).

Sought for comment, Ramon C. Casiple, executive director of Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said in a phone interview that the survey results were “expected” because “expectations tend to become realistic” as time passes.

At the same time, he noted: “Wala akong nakikitang substantive na pagbaba in the sense na ‘yung figures ay nagpakita na ng paghina ng suporta kay Presidente o kaya sa kanyang administrasyon, including ‘yung mga institutions. (I do not see any substantial reduction in scores in the sense that the figures would show weakening support for the President or his administration, including key institutions).”

Ganyan naman ‘yung pattern kasi eh. Kapag ang administrasyon maganda, lahat halos ‘yan hatak niya. (That has always been the pattern: an administration’s popularity benefits all key state institutions).” -- Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral

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