Saturday, September 8, 2012

SWS: Aquino gets highest satisfaction rate

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III seems to have regained Pinoys' thumbs-up, according to a recent survey showing a record satisfaction rating for his administration in August. Aquino's net satisfaction rating is back to "very good" levels and is at its highest point so far at +67, after dropping to "good" at +42 in May, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in a report originally published in BusinessWorld Friday. The results of the Aug. 24-27 survey, conducted through face-to-face interviews with 1,200 Filipino adults, topped the administration's previous high of +64 in Nov. 2010. The net satisfaction score is the difference between the percentage of respondents who said they are "satisfied" with the Aquino administration and those who said they are "dissatisfied," the SWS said. In the latest report, 77 percent of Filipinos surveyed approved of Aquino while 10 percent expressed dissatisfaction. This compares to results in May where satisfaction rate was at 63 percent and dissatisfaction rate was pegged at 21 percent. Aquino's score is the third highest satisfaction rate posted by an administration since SWS started the survey in 1986. His mother, Corazon Aquino, holds the record +72 in October 1986. The second highest score was +69, seen during the administration of Fidel Ramos in July 1993. Aquino's latest rating is tied with that of Estrada's highest score of +67 in March 1999. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's highest score, meanwhile, was +30 in March 2004. Commenting on the report, Malacañang said "the consistently strong numbers affirm the President's mandate for change." "These results mirror the strong showing of the Philippines, especially with respect to its institutions and governance, in the recent Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum," Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement. The figures also show the public's "positive feeling about our nation's direction and prospects for the future," Lacierda added. SWS table showed that all socioeconomic classes expressed high satisfaction with Aquino.