MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The net satisfaction rating with the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has dipped but remains in the "very good" territory, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
The survey, conducted last December 8 - 11 and first released in BusinessWorld, showed that 72% of Filipino adults were satisfied with the administration compared to 17% dissatisfied for a "very good" net rating of +55.
Aquino's December net satisfaction rating was down 12 points from the +67 (77% satisfied, 10% dissatisfied) recorded in August this year.
SWS said the latest survey result brought Aquino's annual average to a "very good" +53, which is the same as his annual score in 2011, but lower than 2010's +62 (very good).
The president's satisfaction rating dipped across all areas, socioeconomic classes and gender, the survey showed.
His satisfaction rating in Luzon dropped by 16 points to +54, 12 points to +64 in the Visayas, 16 points to +43 in Metro Manila, and 4 points to +57 in Mindanao.
Rural satisfaction with the administration also dropped to +60 (very good) from +70 (excellent). Urban satisfaction rating, on the other hand, also slid to +49 (good) from +65 (very good).
In terms of socioeconomic class, Aquino's rating among members of the class ABC dipped by 14 points to +64.
Satisfaction rating among members of the class D also dipped by 14 points to +54, while it fell by six points among the class E to +56.
By gender, satisfaction among men dipped by 11 points but stayed in the "very good" territory with a net score of +56. It was also "very good" among women at +55, 12 points lower.
The SWS said it polled 1,200 adults nationwide for the Dec. 8-11 survey, which utilized sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.
Palace downplays PNoy's ratings dip
Malacañang, meanwhile, downplayed the drop in President Aquino's satisfaction ratings.
Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the drop, from "excellent" to "still very good," is still something to show for.
Valte said this shows that Aquino still enjoys a wide margin of support that is "nothing to cry about… still something show for."
At the same time, Valte also downplayed as "essentially unchanged" a separate SWS survey saying that 92% of Filipinos are hopeful for the New Year, which is down from 95% from last year.
Valte said in his last Cabinet meeting, Aquino stressed the need for long-term solutions to the problems arising from calamities in Mindanao.
She said the President noted the lessons on geohazard mapping, relocation of victims and assistance that can be learned from the problems caused by Typhoon Pablo, which hit Mindanao hardest this December.– with reports from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News; BusinessWorld