MANILA – Public satisfaction with President Benigno Aquino III has plunged to a record low, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.
The SWS survey, conducted from March 20-23 and published first by BusinessWorld, said 47% of the respondents were satisfied with Aquino's performance and 36% were dissatisfied, resulting in a net satisfaction rating of +11, which is classified as ''moderate''.
SWS said the 2015 first quarter satisfaction rating of the president marks a 28-point drop from his ''good'' +39 in the December 2014 survey. This is also the lowest he got since assuming the presidency.
Breaking it down, SWS said satisfaction with Aquino dropped by 16 points to 47%; dissatisfaction rose by 12 points to 36%; and ambivalence increased by 3 points to 17%.
SWS said the highest satisfaction rating Aquino got was in August 2012 (''excellent'' +67).
RATINGS DROP ACROSS GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS
Aquino's satisfaction ratings also dropped across all geographical areas, SWS said.
At 42 points, SWS said the biggest drop in satisfaction with Aquino was in Balance Luzon (from ''good'' +39 to ''neutral'' -3). This was followed by the 21-point drop in Mindanao (from ''good'' +46 to ''moderate'' +25); 16-point drop in Metro Manila (from ''moderate'' +23 to ''neutral'' +7); and Visayas (from ''good'' +42 to ''good'' +30).
Meanwhile, Aquino's urban net satisfaction rating plunged to ''neutral'' +3 (44% satisfied, 41% dissatisfied) from a ''good'' +37 (61% satisfied, 24% dissatisfied) in December.
His rural satisfaction rating, on the other hand, dropped to a ''moderate'' +23 (52% satisfied, 29% dissatisfied) from a ''good'' +41 (64% satisfied, 23% dissatisfied).
DROP IN RATINGS ALSO SEEN ACROSS SOCIOECONOMIC CLASSES
SWS said Aquino's satisfaction ratings also dropped across all socioeconomic classes.
From ''good'' +49 (65% satisfied, 16% dissatisfied), it fell to a ''neutral'' +6 (41% satisfied, 35% dissatisfied) among those in class ABC.
It dropped to a ''moderate'' +10 (47% satisfied, 37% dissatisfied) from a ''moderate'' +37 (62% satisfied, 25% dissatisfied) among those in class D.
Aquino's satisfaction rating also dropped by 27 points, from a ''good'' +45 (66% satisfied, 22% dissatisfied) to a ''moderate'' +18 (49% satisfied, 32% dissatisfied), among those in Class E.
In terms of gender, Aquino's satisfaction rating dropped by 31 points to +5 among men, and by 25 points to +17 among women.
MAJORITY OPPOSED TO PNOY'S RESIGNATION
SWS said its March survey also revealed that 50% of the respondents reject the call by some quarters for Aquino to resign.
In comparison, 32% of the respondents agree with the call for Aquino to resign, while 18% were undecided.
Among those opposed to Aquino's resignation, SWS said Aquino's satisfaction rating emerged as a ''good'' +31 (59% satisfied, 28% dissatisfied).
Calls for Aquino to resign have been mounting since the January 25 Mamasapano debacle, which saw 44 elite police commandos killed by Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters.
The clash has cast doubts over the sincerity of the MILF in the peace talks. It has also imperiled the fate of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) which the Moro group is hoping to be passed in Congress.
The BBL seeks to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which the Aquino administration has described as a "failed experiment".
The SWS survey used face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide and has sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points for national percentages and ±6 points each for Metro Manila, “Balance of Luzon”, the Visayas and Mindanao.