MANILA, Philippines – Public satisfaction with President Benigno Aquino III has reached a new record high, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey.
The survey conducted last August 24-27 showed the President’s net satisfaction rating rising 25 points to a "very good" +67, the highest so far for his administration. His previous high was a "very good" +64 in November 2010 while his lowest rating was in May 2012 at +42.
A total of 77% of respondents said they were satisfied with his performance, up from 63% in May. Those who said otherwise accounted for 10%, an improvement from the 21% previously.
According to SWS, the President’s latest net satisfaction score compares to the personal bests of former presidents Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (+30, March 2004), Joseph Ejercito Estrada (+67, March 1999), Fidel V. Ramos (+69 , July 1993) and Corazon C. Aquino’s all-time high of +72 in October 1986.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the consistently strong numbers affirm the President’s mandate for change.
“They are tangible indicators of the people’s support for the difficult yet necessary reforms the President has championed since day one. Indeed, since the first SWS survey on public satisfaction in September 2010 the President’s ratings have not dipped below 63% and have increased to the current high of 77%. These are indicative of sustained satisfaction in the performance of the President,” he said.
He also noted that the results mirror the strong showing of the Philippines, especially with respect to its institutions and governance, in the recent Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum.
He said the international community has recognized the reform initiatives of the Aquino administration.
“The results of these surveys, both within and beyond our borders, validate the brand of leadership that the President has continuously espoused—of transparency and accountability, of restoring social trust and rebuilding public institutions, and of honesty and integrity in public service,” he said.
“Public confidence and trust in the President also suggests high morale in a public increasingly empowered, and itself sustained in its positive feeling about our nation’s direction and prospects for the future,” he added. With a report from BusinessWorld