House gets lowest satisfaction rating since 2015

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A SURVEY by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that net satisfaction for both chambers of Congress slipped in the second quarter of 2018.

SWS’ Second Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey indicated a “57% satisfied and 17% dissatisfied” result for performance of the Senate, while the House of Representatives (HoR) got 45% satisfied and 20% dissatisfied.

The HoR’s net satisfaction also fell from “good” to “moderate” with a 10-point drop from +35 in March 2018 to +25 in June 2018.

This is their lowest rating since December 2015, which stood at +15.

Net satisfaction in the House fell in all regions, from “good” to “moderate”.

The non-commissioned survey was conducted from June 27-30 with 1,200 respondents nationwide.

Party-list Akbayan Rep. Tomasito S. Villarin said anti-poor policies and issues are to blame for the decline in net satisfaction for congressmen, especially among the marginalized.

“Based on socio-economic classes, it is only the middle and upper classes that were satisfied due to higher disposable income due to reduced personal income taxes and lowered real property transfer taxes. The vast majority of the poor, both urban and rural, is rejecting the House for such anti-poor policies,” Mr. Villarin said in a Viber message to reporters,

He added, “The push for no-election and federalism also contributed to the decline which might translate into a rejection by the electorate of incumbents.”

For the Senate, net satisfaction remained “good,” but was “down by 4 points from +45 in March 2018 to +41 in June 2018.”

This is the lowest rating since their good +41 in April 2016.

Senate Majority leader Juan Miguel F. Zubiri said maintaining a “good” rating “shows the importance of the Senate in terms of performance and accountability as well as independence in seeking the truth on many issues.”

Mr. Zubiri cited the Senate “leading the passage of the Strengthened Anti-hazing Law, Free Tertiary Education Law, Ease of Doing Business Act and the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law to name a few…, as well as our stand against corruption and crime through the different Committee hearings headed by the Blue-ribbon, Health, Public Order and Security, Agriculture and many others.”

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III, for his part, noted that the latest SWS survey was undertaken when the Bangsamoro law was “in the debate stage.”

Mr. Sotto said he believes that “the trust and confidence of our countrymen will be better in the months to come as far as the Senate is concerned.”

Net satisfaction on the President’s Cabinet, meanwhile, was still within the “moderate” range, but fell from “+28 in March 2018 to +25 in June 2018.”

Of the respondents, 43% were satisfied while 18% were dissatisfied with the Cabinet.

This rating is their lowest in two years, since April 2016’s moderate +22.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque Jr., in a press briefing in Malacañang on Monday, said, “We will strive to improve the delivery of services but I note also that in the SWS, virtually everyone in government got lower scores.”

He added that discussions on the outcome of the SWS survey “will probably be included in the next agenda meeting,” scheduled on Aug. 6, “on ways and means to communicate better the achievements of the Cabinet.”

The Supreme Court also retained its net satisfaction of “moderate” from March 2018, moving “from +20 (correctly rounded) in March 2018 to +19 in June 2018.” — Gillian M. Cortez