Binay's satisfaction rating recovers: SWS


Posted at Jun 26 2015 12:39 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2015 08:41 PM

MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay's satisfaction rating has recovered in the second quarter of 2015, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The SWS survey, conducted from June 5 to 8, showed that 64% of the 1,200 respondents were satisfied, 22% were dissatisfied and 13% were undecided with Binay's performance.

The numbers equate to a net satisfaction rating of +42, which is up 11 points from the vice president's +31 rating recorded in March.

The SWS classifies net satisfaction score of +42 as "good."

Public satisfaction with Binay had been declining since June last year. In the SWS March 2014 survey, his net satisfaction rating was an "excellent" +73. It went down to a "very good" +67 in June, +52 in September, a "good" +44 in December, and +31 in March 2015.

Binay is facing various allegations of corruption. He is accused of receiving kickbacks from projects in Makati City when he was still mayor, including the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 and Makati Science High School building.

Binay is also accused of having undeclared properties which he supposedly hides under the names of dummies.

The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee, headed by Senators Aquilino Pimentel III, Antonio Trillanes IV and Alan Peter Cayetano, started investigating corruption allegations against Binay in August last year.

The vice president has refused to attend the hearings by the subcommittee, saying all accusations are just politically motivated.

The SWS poll, results of which were first published in BusinessWorld, also showed the public satisfaction ratings of the three top officials following the president and vice president.

The June 2015 survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. There were sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national and ±6 percent for area percentages.

Senate President Franklin Drilon's net satisfaction rating declined in the last quarter, from a "good" +35 (57% satisfied, 22% dissatisfied, 19% undecided) in March to a "moderate" +29 (52% satisfied, 24% dissatisfied, 22% undecided) in June.

House Speaker Sonny Belmonte's rating also decreased from a "moderate" +12 (38% satisfied, 26% dissatisfied, 29% undecided) in March to a "neutral" +9 (37% satisfied, 28% dissatisfied, 29% undecided) in June.

Meanwhile, numbers for Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno slightly improved, from a "moderate" +10 (38% satisfied, 28% dissatisfied, 25% undecided) in March to a still "moderate" +11 (37% satisfied, 25% dissatisfied, 28% undecided) in June.

The SWS added public satisfaction with the Senate slightly improved from + 31 to +33, steadied with the House of Representatives at +20, and declined with the Supreme Court from +34 to +32 and the Aquino Cabinet from +13 to +12.