Satisfaction with Binay, JPE dips: SWS
MANILA (UPDATED) – Public satisfaction with Vice-President Jejomar Binay has dropped from +70 in December 2012 to +62 in March 2013, snapping a run of “excellent” net satisfaction ratings, a new Social Weather Stations survey revealed Monday.
Similarly, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile also suffered a 17-percentage-point fall in net satisfaction ratings, from +47 in December to +30 in March.
The survey, conducted last March 19-22, 2013 and first published in BusinessWorld, showed 75% of Filipinos saying they are satisfied with Binay’s performance compared to 13% who are dissatisfied, for a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +62.
Binay’s +62 satisfaction rating is eight percentage points lower than his previous rating of +70, but is still higher than President Aquino’s “very good” satisfaction rating of +59.
In a statement, Binay’s spokesman, Joey Salgado, said he is puzzled with the result of the latest SWS survey since it produced different results from a similar survey conducted by Pulse Asia in March.
“What is puzzling is that the SWS survey period overlapped with Pulse Asia but produced divergent results. While SWS showed a decline, the Pulse Asia survey showed an increase of 6 points in the Vice President's performance and trust rating.”
Nevertheless, the Binay camp said the Vice-President remains grateful for his high approval ratings, saying his ratings have ranged from very good to excellent since 2012.
Source: SWS Website
Other officials also experience dip
Meanwhile, other top government officials also experienced a drop in net satisfaction ratings in the March survey.
Enrile registered the steepest drop, 17 percentage points, from +47 net satisfaction in December 2012 to +30 satisfaction in March.
A total of 53% of Filipinos said they are satisfied with Enrile’s performance as Senate President while 24% said they are dissatisfied.
House Speaker Sonny Belmonte also experienced a drop in net satisfaction rating, from +15 in December 2012 to +11 in March 2013.
Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno also experienced a drop in net satisfaction, from +14 in December 2012 to +9 in March 2013.
Public satisfaction with top gov’t institutions
The SWS survey also showed a dip in public satisfaction with the country’s top government institutions.
Public satisfaction with the Senate fell by 6 percentage points, from +51 in December 2012 to +45 in March 2013.
During the same period, net satisfaction with the House of Representatives dipped from +31 to +29, the Supreme Court dipped from +36 to +34, and the Cabinet from +26 to +23.
Source: SWS Website
For his part, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda described as "insignificant" the dip in net satisfaction ratings of some government institutions.
Lacierda said he will not comment on the numbers of the Vice President, Senate President, and the Speaker. "However, I can speak for the Cabinet. The drop was only three points and the margin of error is only three points. So, statistically, it was insignificant. It fell within the margin of error," he said.
A total of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao participated in the nationwide survey. The survey has sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for area percentages.