SWS: Congress, cabinet retain 'good ratings', SC's declines


Posted at Oct 18 2017 05:10 PM

MANILA – All of the country's top government institutions retained “good” net satisfaction ratings, even as the Supreme Court suffered a dip in its ratings just as Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno faced impeachment proceedings, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

An SWS survey conducted from Sept. 23 to 27 showed that 62 percent were satisfied and 17 percent were dissatisfied with the performance of the Senate, while 52 percent were satisfied and 18 percent were dissatisfied with the House of Representatives.

The survey also showed that 50 percent were satisfied while 19 percent were dissatisfied with the Supreme Court, and 49 percent were satisfied and 17 percent were dissatisfied with President Rodrigo Duterte's cabinet.

According to the survey, the Senate’s net satisfaction rating stayed “good” at +46, down by 3 points from the +49 in the June 2017, although the decline was negligible given the sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national percentages.

The House of Representative’s net satisfaction rating, meanwhile, was a “good” +34, unchanged from the previous survey.


The net satisfaction rating of the cabinet also remained “good”, at +32 in September 2017, 2 points below the +34 in June 2017.

Malacañang welcomed the Cabinet's “good” rating, noting this was the third consecutive “good” assessment the public has given to the President’s official family.

“We assure our people that the members of the PRRD's (President's) Cabinet continue to work hard to bring comfortable life to all Filipinos, mindful of the President's words that they have to serve the country with competence, efficiency, integrity and compassion,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.

“Cabinet members are committed to bring the administration closer to the people with more efficient delivery of government services. The Filipino people deserve no less.”


The Supreme Court’s net satisfaction rating, however, was down by 7 points to +31 in September 2017 from +38 in June 2017, although it stayed in the “good” territory.

The survey was conducted after the House committee on Justice gave due course to the impeachment complaint against Sereno.


SWS noted that the 7-point decline in the High Court's overall net satisfaction rating was due to significant drops in its ratings in Mindanao and Metro Manila.

The survey said its net satisfaction rating fell by one grade from “very good” to “good” in Mindanao, at +33 in September, down by 22 points from +55 in June.

The court also suffered a 21-point decline in net satisfaction rating in Metro Manila, to +18 in September from +39 in June, resulting in a ratings downgrade from “good” to “moderate”.

The net satisfaction rating of the SC from June to September also saw double-digit declines among classes E and ABC, among men in all age groups except the 25 to 44 bracket, and among non-elementary school graduates and elementary school graduates.

The third quarter SWS survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide and had sampling error margins of ±2.5% for national percentages, ±4% for Balance Luzon, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.