MANILA (UPDATE) - Public satisfaction with the Aquino administration fell to a record low in the latest Social Weather Stations survey, with declines recorded across all indicators.
The survey conducted last June 27-30, 2014 and first published in Businessworld, showed the Aquino government getting a net satisfaction rating of +29, which is down from the +45 rating in the first quarter of 2014 and +51 rating when 2013 ended.
The Aquino government got "bad" to "poor" satisfaction ratings in three specific issues: resolving Maguindanao massacre case with justice (-44), ensuring oil firms don't take advantage of oil prices (-19), and fighting inflation (-18).
It also got a -9 satisfaction rating for the issue: Ensuring that no family will be hungry.
The SWS results reflect a similar finding in private pollster Pulse Asia's own survey, which showed theAquino administration getting a -15 rating in fighting inflation. The Pulse Asia survey showed 41 percent of Filipinos saying they disapprove of the administration's efforts in bringing down inflation.
The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, 300 each in Metro Manila, the Balance of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. It used sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6% for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
In his column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, SWS President Mahar Mangahas said the Philippine government is "lackadaisical about inflation." This is after the National Economic Development Authority noted that the country's inflation rate rose to 4.9 percent in July 2014, which is still within government target.
"The 4.9 percent in the Neda report is the inflation from July 2013 to July 2014. It is from a general consumer price index (CPI) for all items consumed by all income groups, not just the poor. The inflation of prices that specifically face the poor is even worse," he said.
"The poor need rapid adjustments in income...Inflation in consumer prices, without compensating inflation in their incomes, is what keeps the poor from sharing in the benefits of economic growth."
In the latest SWS survey, the Aquino administration received "good" ratings in six issues, one of which is helping the poor (+39).
It also got "moderate" ratings in seven issues, including providing jobs (+20) and eradicating graft and corruption (+12).
The survey also revealed that net satisfaction with the Aquino administration at +29 remains high compared to the previous net satisfaction ratings of previous presidents in their fourth year in office.
President Fidel Ramos got +11 net satisfaction of his administration in June 1996, his fourth year in office, according to SWS. On the other hand, President Arroyo got a -11 net satisfaction of her administration in August 2005 or four years after President Joseph Estrada was deposed.
PNOY GOVT WILL RECOVER: DRILON
MANILA - Senate President Franklin Drilon, meanwhile, attributed the decline in the Aquino administration's net satisfaction rating to recent controversies on the pork barrel scam and the disbursement acceleration program.
But Drilon is confident that the administration will be able to "recover," pointing out that it is faring better than the Arroyo administration in the same period.
"Compare it to where the previous administration was at this stage of their administration and you will see that the Aquino administration is faring much, much better," he said in a press briefing.
"I would attribute this to the involvement of a number of senators and members of Congress in the so-called PDAF scandal, in the issue on the DAP which has not been received well by our people, and a few other factors. But I am confident this survey is a focus on a particular period... I am confident that the administration will recover from this 58 percent and increase the net satisfaction level of this administration." With reports by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News; and BusinessWorld