SWS: Aquino rating dips but stays at 'very good' level

Philippine President Benigno Aquino gives an address at the Malacanang Palace in Manila on October 15, 2012. Aquino on Wednesday signed into law a 2.005 trillion-peso ($49 billion) budget for 2013, vowing to use higher taxes on tobacco and alcohol to boost programmes to reduce poverty

President Benigno Aquino III will end 2012 on a "very good" note, though with a dip in his performance ratings, according to a new survey by pollster Social Weather Stations. The latest SWS survey conducted Dec. 8 to 11 showed Aquino getting a net satisfaction rating of +55 (72 percent satisfied minus 17 percent dissatisfied). While this was down 12 points from the +67 (77 percent satisfied minus 10 percent dissatisfied) in August, the +55 was still considered "very good." It also brought Aquino's annual average rating to a "very good" +53, the same as his score in 2011. However, this was nine points below the highest +62 ("very good") annual average which he got in 2010 – the highest yearly average since he assumed office three years ago. SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +70 and above as excellent; +50 to +69, very good; +30 to +49, good; +10 to +29, moderate; +9 to -9, neutral; -10 to -29, poor; -30 to -49, bad; -50 to -69, very bad; and -70 and below, execrable. The latest SWS results were published Friday on the pollster's media partner BusinessWorld. Fall in all areas The SWS survey said Aquino's scores fell in all areas – socioeconomic classes and gender. In Luzon, the Visayas, Balance Luzon (or Luzon excluding Metro Manila), rural areas and among the ABC class, Aquino's net ratings went down from "excellent" to "very good." Dips in Aquino's net satisfaction rating by area: 16 points in Luzon to +54, 12 points in Visayas to +64, 16 points in Metro Manila to +43, and four points in Mindanao to +57. Rural satisfaction went down to +60 ("very good") from +70 ("excellent"), while urban satisfaction fell to +49 ("good") from +65 ("very good") in August. By socioeconomic class, Aquino’s net rating fell 14 points among the ABC to +64; by 14 points among the D class to +54; and by six points among Class E to +56. Among men, satisfaction stayed "very good" with a net score of +56, but down 11 points from August. Among women, satisfaction was "very good" at +55, though 12 points lower. The SWS survey interviewed 1,200 adults nationwide and had sampling error margins of ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages. More Filipinos hopeful Meanwhile, nine out of 10 Filipinos are looking forward to 2013 with hope.

That hopefulness, however, fell to a record-low in cyclone-ravaged Mindanao, according to a new survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The SWS survey, conducted Dec. 8 to 11 this year, showed that the number of those who were hopeful — 92 percent — was just three percentage points below the record-high 95 percent in 2002 and 2011.

— LBG/KG, GMA News