MANILA (UPDATED) - Public satisfaction with the Aquino administration recovered after hitting a record low in the previous quarter, the latest survey from Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.
The survey conducted last September 26-29, 2014 and first published on BusinessWorld showed the Aquino government getting a net satisfaction rating of +35 (good), which is higher than the +29 (moderate) net score recorded in the second quarter.
The survey found that 59% of the respondents were satisfied with the government's performance, 24% dissatisfied, and 16% ambivalent.
The survey had 1,200 respondents nationwide and has sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.
The result of the third quarter survey is an improvement from the previous quarter's figure, where the Aquino administration got a net satisfaction rating of +29, which is lower than the +45 rating in the first quarter of 2014 and +51 rating when 2013 ended.
The SWS noted that the satisfaction rating of the administration is also consistent with President Aquino's own net satisfaction score of +34 this quarter, which was up 9 points from his June rating of +25.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69 as “very bad”; and -70 and below as “execrable.”
A Palace spokesman, meanwhile, said the higher net satisfaction rating shows the public's continuing confidence in government.
Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda also pointed out that the Aquino administration received a 70% gross satisfaction rating on post-disaster response from survey respondents.
"Despite negative comments made from some quarters, this survey demonstrates the people’s voice—that this administration is responsive to their needs and has been at work in the continued reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts to build back better those areas devastated by typhoons," he said in a statement.
"Recognizing our citizens as the nation’s greatest resource, we continue to work to bring about reforms geared toward expansive and inclusive growth, for the benefit of current and future generations."
Geographical area, socioeconomic class
The SWS said the government received a net satisfaction rating of +36 (good) in Metro Manila, bouncing back from the +16 (moderate) in June.
Public satisfaction with the government in Visayas and Mindanao rose by four and 12 points to +45 (good) and +46 (good), respectively.
The government's score in Balance Luzon, meanwhile, was down by two points at +24 (moderate).
In terms of socioeconomic class, the government received a net satisfaction score of +47 (good) from class ABC, rising 20 points from the +27 score it posted in June.
The government's score improved by 6 points to a ''good'' +33 among those in class D (masa).
Those in class E (mahirap) gave the administration a net satisfaction score of +38 (good).
The government scored ''very good'' on only one issue, which is ''helping victims of disasters'' (+52).
It got ''good'' scores on eight issues, namely: helping the poor (+44); foreign relations (+43); defending the country’s territorial rights (+42); developing science and technology (+42); preparing for climate change (+41); providing enough supply of electricity (+41); promoting welfare of overseas Filipino workers (+39); and ensuring an efficient transportation system (+36).
It obtained ''moderate'' scores for reconciliation with communist rebels (+28); reconciliation with Moro rebels (+27); fighting terrorism (+23); providing jobs (+21); fighting crime (+14); and eradicating graft and corruption (+14).
It got ''neutral'' net ratings on ensuring that no family will go hungry (-5); fighting inflation (-7); and ensuring oil firms don’t take advantage of oil prices (-7).
Its rating was lowest in terms of resolving the Maguindanao massacre case with justice, scoring -36 (bad).