Ratings for Pimetel, Alvarez up; Robredo flat
MANILA - (UPDATE) Public satisfaction with Chief Justice Sereno dipped to a new low as she faced impeachment proceedings, according to results of an opinion poll released on Wednesday.
Sereno obtained a net satisfaction rating of +6 in the Social Weather Stations' survey of 1,200 respondents from December 8 to 16 -- her lowest since she scored -1 during the same month in 2015.
The top magistrate's net score of +6 qualifies as "neutral," and is 3 points down from +9 last September, the pollster said.
Net satisfaction is the difference between satisfaction and dissatisfaction scores. In the most recent survey, 34 percent said they were satisfied with the Chief Justice, 28 percent were dissatisfied and 34 percent were undecided.
The survey was conducted as congressmen heard a complaint against Sereno, citing her alleged extravagant lifestyle, misdeclaration of wealth and bypassing other justices in the issuance of decisions.
Sereno, however, remains unfazed by the results of the survey as she continues to perform her duty as Chief Justice, her spokesperson said.
"Despite a well-orchestrated campaign to malign her and soil her integrity through baseless and malicious allegations, Chief Justice Sereno’s net satisfaction rating has stayed 'neutral' and relatively unscathed," lawyer Josa Deinla said in a statement.
"She (Sereno) remains focused on her responsibilities to further improve the country’s justice system and strengthen the rule of law...The Chief Justice is determined to make the Supreme Court responsive to the needs of the people," she added.
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Meanwhile, the same survey showed the net satisfaction rating of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez rise to a "moderate" +14 from a "neutral" +8.
Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III also enjoyed a new personal record-high of +49, up 3 points from his previous personal record of +46.
Vice President Leni Robredo saw a steady "good" rating of +42, a point higher than her +41 in September.
SWS classifies scores of 70 and above as "excellent"; +50 to +69, "very good"; +30 to +49 "good"; +10 to +29, "moderate", +9 to -9, "neutral"; and -10 to -29, "poor."
Its survey has sampling error margins of +/-3 percent at the national level.
A separate SWS poll earlier revealed that President Rodrigo Duterte got a "very good" net satisfaction rating, bouncing back from an 18-point drop in the previous quarter.