Slight dip 'statistically insignificant' - Palace
MANILA (UPDATED) -- Public satisfaction with President Benigno Aquino III's performance declined in the first quarter of the year but stayed in the "good" territory, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The survey, done from March 27 to 30, showed that 66 percent of 1,200 respondents were satisfied and 21 percent dissatisfied with Aquino's performance.
The numbers equate to a net satisfaction rating of +45, which is down 4 points from the +49 rating recorded in September and December last year.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +30 to +49 as "good."
The SWS poll, which was first published in BusinessWorld yesterday, traced the drop to a 13-point decline in Aquino's performance rating in Balance Luzon from previous quarter's "very good" +54 to a "good" +41 (63 percent satisfied and 22 percent dissatisfied).
The President's net satisfaction rating in the Visayas also slightly declined from the previous quarter's "very good" +50 to a "good" +49 (70 percent satisfied and 20 percent dissatisfied).
Aquino, meanwhile, maintained his "very good" rating in Mindanao at +55 (72 percent satisfied and 17 percent dissatisfied).
His net score in Metro Manila rose from a "moderate" +22 to a "good" +33 (59 percent satisfied and 26 percent dissatisfied).
By socioeconomic class, the Aquino administration's score fell to from "very good" to "good" among the ABC and E groups.
It declined by 29 points to +39 in the ABC class, and fell by 13 points to +44 in class E. It stayed "good" at +45 in class D.
Meanwhile, Aquino's net score stayed "good" at +46 among men, and dropped by 7 points to a "good" +43 among women.
The SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. There were sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national and ±6 percent for area percentages.
The Palace, meanwhile, said it is not concerned with the slight dip in the President's satisfaction rating.
Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the 4 percent drop from the rating in December is well within the 3-percent margin which makes it statistically insignificant. -- With report from Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News