PNoy on improved ratings: Like making up after a fight

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2014 10:52 AM | Updated as of Nov 19 2014 06:52 PM

SINGAPORE - It's just like a couple making up after a fight.

This was how President Aquino described the improvement of the administration's satisfaction ratings in the latest Social Weather Stations survey.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of his working visit here, the President attributed the improved ratings to the number of jobs generated and people that were lifted out of poverty.

"Well, 'di ba 'nung bumaba raw 'yung aking ratings, sabi ko hintayin niyo at tataas din 'yan dahil naniniwala ako sa sambayanan... Sabi nga nila 'yung mahaba nang mag-asawa, hindi naman masasabing (sa) araw-araw na ginawa ng Diyos ay bati. Paminsan-minsan nagkakaroon ng kaunting sigalot na naayos dahil talagang nagmamahalan," Aquino said.

"Dito lalabas at lalabas e. Mafo-forsee nilang maski ano pang pambobola ang ginagawa ng kung sinong sektor, lalabas 'yung totoo at makikita nila 'yung lahat, 'di ba? Makikita nilang tama 'yung ginagawa natin at doon babalik 'yon. Sila na 'yung mismong… Hindi mo na kailangang sabihin dahil sila na mismo ang nakaka-experience kung ano man 'yung talagang pagbabagong nangyari," he added.

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.

A Palace spokesman earlier 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."