MANILA - Malacanang prefers to see the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey in a positive light despite the 28-percentage-point drop in President Aquino's satisfaction rating.
In a statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said it is still “evident that a higher number of Filipinos affirm their belief in his leadership.”
The results of the survey done last March 20-23, which first appeared in BusinessWorld, showed 47% of the respondents satisfied with Aquino’s performance, while 36% were dissatisfied and 17% were undecided.
The figures yielded a net satisfaction rating of +11 (moderate), a 28-point drop from the December survey.
Amid the steep decline, 50% opposed calls he should resign, while 32% agreed and 18% were undecided.
“This represents an opportunity for reaching out to those who are undecided or ambivalent in their sentiments towards the President and the administration and eventually winning them over,” Coloma noted.
He also compared the results of the SWS survey to the Pulse Asia survey, which showed Aquino’s approval ratings nosedive to 38% from 59% in the same period. The survey also showed Aquino’s trust rating slide to 36% from 56%.
Coloma noted Pulse Asia made the survey three weeks ahead of SWS.
“It is possible that, having gathered more information about current events --- and having been able to know and understand better the President’s position on the Mamasapano incident --- the people gave the President a higher satisfaction rating in the SWS survey (47 per cent) than the performance approval rating that he obtained in the Pulse Asia survey (38 percent),” he said.
He said the administration is determined to implement reforms in the government, with the aim of bolstering economic growth.
“In the next 15 months, we will continue to stay focused on priority programs such as infrastructure development, employment generation, and poverty reduction and improved social protection. Transparent and responsive governance along the righteous path will be pursued, so that public institutions may be strengthened, the transformation process may be sustained, and that the concrete gains achieved will become permanent,” Coloma said.