Public satisfaction with Arroyo turns 'less negative'


Posted at Oct 13 2008 12:16 PM | Updated as of Oct 14 2008 01:09 AM

Public satisfaction with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's performance improved toward the end of September but was still below zero.

Independent polling outfit Social Weather Stations (SWS) disclosed Monday that Arroyo's public satisfaction rating recovered from a "very bad net -50" last July 2008 to a "poor yet improved net rating of -27."

Net satisfaction rating is per cent of respondents satisfied minus per cent dissatisfied.

"Thus, Net Satisfaction with the President became less negative, back to the level of the first quarter of 2008, when 27% were satisfied and 54% were dissatisfied, or net -26," the SWS said in its October 13 release.

The SWS said "the improvement of the President's net rating was due to lessening dissatisfaction in Mindanao and Visayas."

The SWS also said "dissatisfaction with President...lessened in all socio-economic classes."

In the biggest and most critical "masa" socio-economic class, Arroyo's rating imporved from a "bad -35" to "poor -24".

The third quarter of 2008 SWS survey was conducted September 24-27. It used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults with a national margin of error of plus/minus 3%.