Top officials get ‘moderate to good’
ratings at end of Aquino term–SWS

June 14 2016 9:46 AM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno 3 from SC PIO Official Twitter AccountThey may not be going out with a bang but at least top officials under the Aquino administration, with the exception of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, will be stepping down with “moderate to good ratings”, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in a survey released on Tuesday, June 14.

Results of the SWS survey from March 30 to April 2 were posted online by media partner BusinessWorld.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is facing a slew of corruption charges, still managed to get a net satisfaction rating of “moderate” +25 in April 26, one point shy of his record-low moderate +24 in December 2015, the SWS said.

He had gotten “very good” to “excellent” ratings from March 2011 to September 2014, and “good” from December 2014 to September 2015.

The outgoing vice president had also been leading in the presidential surveys until he was linked to corruption, which he denied. He placed third in the May 9 elections.

Senate President Franklin Drilon had a net satisfaction rating of “good” +38 in April 2016, up 31 points from a “neutral” +7 in December 2015. He had a “good” to “moderate” rating from September 2013 to September 2015.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte saw his net satisfaction rating rise to moderate +15 in April, up 16 points from neutral -1 in December 2015.

Sereno, whose term is independent despite being a presidential appointee, improved her rating by one grade to “moderate” +13 in April, up 14 points from a record-low “neutral” -1 in December.

SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69 as “very good”; +30 to +49 “good”; +10 to +29 “moderate”, +9 to -for “neutral”; -10 to -29 “poor”; -30 to -49 “bad”; -50 to -69 “very bad”; and -70 and below “execrable.”

Institutions

Among government institutions, the Senate received a “good” rating of +41 in April, up from from “good” +30 in December 2015.

The House of Representatives had a net satisfaction rating of “moderate” +29, up 13 points from a “moderate” +16 in December.

For its part, the Supreme Court had a “good” +36 net satisfaction rating in April, up from December’s “moderate” +22.

The Cabinet had a “moderate” +22 net satisfaction rating in April, climbing 11 points from a “moderate” +11 in December 2015.

Survey background

The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews with 1,500 adults nationwide, including 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages and ±6 points each for the five areas applied to the survey.

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