MANILA – Public satisfaction rating of the performance of the Aquino administration dropped to its lowest in two years, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey said.
The SWS survey, the result of which was first published on BusinessWorld, said the Aquino government got a ''good'' +45 (65% satisfied, 20% dissatisfied and 15% ambivalent) in March, down from the ''very good'' +51 (71% satisfied, 19% dissatisfied and 10% undecided) in December.
The polling firm noted that the March figure is the lowest the Aquino administration got since obtaining +44 score in May 2012. The highest the administration got was in June 2013 with +66.
The government's rating in Metro Manila rose by seven points to +37. It slid to +56 (by eight points) in Mindanao, +41 (by 11 points) in Balance Luzon, and +45 (by six points) in Visayas.
In terms of socioeconomic class, the government's rating fell by 22 points to +32 among the ABC; six points to +45 among the D (masa); and two points to +48 among the E.
SWS said while the current administration's rating slid in the year's first quarter, its performance scores remain higher than those of the past administrations.
Meanwhile, the government got the highest scores in terms of providing basic elementary and high school education (+63 from +67 last September), helping victims of disasters (+60 from September’s +68), and helping the poor (+55 from December's +49).
The administration got ''good'' scores in terms of foreign relations (+44 from +50); promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (unchanged at +44); defending the country's territorial rights (+44 from +52); transparency in government activities (+43 from September’s +51); reconciliation with Muslim rebels (+38 from +21 in December); reconciliation with Communist rebels (+34 from +21); and providing jobs (+30 from +36 last September).
It scored ''moderate'' in terms of fighting terrorism (+27 from +33 in December); fighting crimes (+22 from +18); and eradicating graft and corruption (+14 from +8).
The administration got ''neutral'' ratings in terms of ensuring that no family will be left hungry (+7 from +2); fighting inflation (+4 from -10); and ensuring that oil companies don't take advantage of oil prices (-3 from -14).
The score for resolving the Maguindanao massacre with justice improved by 10 points to a ''bad'' -41 from a ''very bad'' -51.
The SWS survey utilized face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. The sampling error margins were ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.