MANILA (UPDATE) - Public satisfaction rating with Vice President Jejomar Binay soared to ''excellent'' while the scores of other top government leaders took a dip, the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The March 27-30 SWS survey, results of which were first published on BusinessWorld, said Binay's net satisfaction rating for the first quarter of 2014 was at ''excellent'' +73 (82% satisfied and 9% dissatisfied), 11 points higher than his ''very good'' +62 score last December.
Binay spokesman Joey Salgado said the latest SWS survey ratings are expressions of appreciation for the Vice President's performance.
"He is again grateful to the people for their trust and confidence and to the President for the opportunity to serve as a member of the Cabinet. With two years left to his term, Vice President Binay will remain focused on his work, particularly assisting OFWS, housing, and providing help to our kababayans in need," he said in a statement.
"He will not be distracted by crude attempts of political detractors to malign his name and raise false and baseless allegations against him."
Binay's fellow government leaders, meanwhile, dipped during the year's first quarter.
SWS earlier reported that President Benigno Aquino III's net satisfaction rating fell by four points to +45, but remained in the ''good'' territory.
Senate President Franklin Drilon's score fell by eight points to ''moderate'' +17 (46% satisfied, 29% dissatisfied).
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, meanwhile, saw his net satisfaction rating fall from ''moderate'' +16 to ''neutral'' -1 (32% satisfied and 32% dissatisfied).
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's net satisfaction rating went down by 12 points to +4 (34% satisfied and 30 dissatisfied).
SWS records show that the scores Drilon, Belmonte, and Sereno obtained for the first quarter of 2014 were the lowest they got since they assumed leadership in their respective offices under the Aquino administration.
Meanwhile, satisfaction with the Senate fell by seven points to ''moderate'' +26 (54% satisfied and 29% dissatisfied). The House of Representatives' score fell by eight points to ''moderate'' +18 (45% satisfied, 26% dissatisfied).
The high court's score dipped only by a point to a ''good'' +35 (56% satisfied, 21% dissatisfied).
The Cabinet as a whole maintained its ''moderate'' score of +20 (45% satisifed, 25% dissatisfied).
The March 27-30 SWS survey, which had a ±3% error margin, utilized face-to-face interviews of 1,200 Filipinos nationwide. With a report by BusinessWorld