MANILA – Amid controversies hounding the Aquino administration, many still expressed satisfaction with President Benigno Aquino III's performance for the past four years, according to the results of an online poll.
The ABS-CBNNews.com poll, which started on July 22, 2014, asked its readers: ''Ano ang masasabi mo sa performance ni Pangulong Aquino sa nagdaang 4 na taon?''
Voters were given three options to choose from: 'Bilib' (very satisfied), 'Panis' (dissatisfied) and 'Keri lang' (satisfied).
The poll closed on July 28 after President Aquino delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Out of the 5,951 voters, 57.75 percent or 3,437 readers said they are very satisfied with Aquino's performance so far, while 33.07 percent or 1,968 people said they are not.
Meanwhile, 9.17 percent of the voters, or 546 readers, said they are satisfied with Aquino's performance after four years.
ABS-CBNNews.com poll shows many are still satisfied with Aquino's performance
Aquino, who is facing impeachment complaints over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), was emotional during his SONA speech.
"Patutunayan natin na the Filipino is worth dying for. The Filipino is worth living for. At idagdag ko naman po: the Filipino is definitely worth fighting for," he said, echoing the words of his famous father, the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., who was killed in the country's main airport while fighting the Marcos dictatorship.
"Pangalawang buhay ko na po ito," Aquino added, reminding the public that he was nearly killed in a coup attempt during his mother's presidency in August 1987.
He said that when the time comes that his "second life" is over, he will be able to say that he is "content with what he has achieved."
Social media users expressed mixed reactions after Aquino's speech.
While the online poll result showed that many still believe in Aquino, some netizens said the President still has a lot to prove in his last two years in office.
A number of social media users also found Aquino's speech lacking, especially because the President did not mention anything about the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill and other social issues.
The latest Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) said Aquino's satisfaction ratings plunged during the second quarter of 2014 amid the DAP issue.
In his SONA, the President asked Congress to pass a supplemental budget for 2014 after the Supreme Court declared parts of the DAP as unconstitutional.—Report from Czer Mari Esquejo and Christine Fel Viernes