MANILA, MAY 5, 2013 (PHILSTAR) By Louis Bacani - The satisfaction ratings of Vice President Jejomar Binay and of three other top government leaders declined in the first quarter of 2013, a new survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed on Monday.

The survey, which was conducted last March 19 to 22 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide, also noted a decrease in public satisfaction ratings with top government institutions in the country.

Binay's net ratings dropped from an "excellent" +70 in December 2012 to a "very good" +62 (75 percent satisfied, 13 percent dissatisfied).

His ratings, however, are still higher than President Benigno Aquino III's “very good” satisfaction rating of +59 (74 percent satisfied, 15 percent dissatisfied) reported earlier this month.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's ratings plunged by 17 points but remained "good" with +30 (53 percent satisfied, 24 percent dissatisfied).

House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.'s score dipped by four points from December 2012 but stayed “moderate” at +11 (37 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied).

Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno's ratings also fell to a “neutral” +9 (33 percent satisfied, 23 percent dissatisfied) from the "moderate" +14 in December last year.

Among the top government institutions covered in the survey, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court had a two-point decrease. The House of Representatives dropped to a “moderate” +29 rating (49 percent satisfied, 20 percent dissatisfied) from a “good” +31. The high court's grade stayed “good” at +34 (54 percent satisfied, 20 percent dissatisfied).

The Senate's net satisfaction score fell to a “good” +45 (63 percent satisfied, 18 percent dissatisfied) from December of last year's “very good” +51 rating.

Public satisfaction with Aquino's Cabinet stayed at “moderate” with a +23 score (44 percent satisfied, 21 percent dissatisfied) but is three points lower from the previous quarter.

The new satisfaction survey has error margins of ±3 percent for national and ±6 percent for area percentages.

The survey findings were posted on the SWS website (

P-Noy's 'satisfaction' score rebounds in Q1 By Camille Diola ( | Updated April 8, 2013 - 3:15pm

President Aquino delivers his message during a proclamation rally of Liberal Party candidates. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines - Satisfied Filipinos from Mindanao and Luzon except Metro Manila pulled up the rating of President Benigno Aquino III in the year's first three months, according to Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Aquino got a "very good" +59 satisfaction rating despite criticisms of his response on the Sabah crisis, climbing from a +55 score in December 2012

With seventy-four percent of the 1,200 respondents saying they are satisfied with Aquino's work, SWS said the improvement is mainly due to ratings from Mindanao and the rest of Luzon outside the National Capital Region (NCR).

SWS, however, noted that Aquino did not fare very well in NCR where his satisfaction score further dropped from 68 percent to 63 percent, as well as in Visayas where his rating descended 10 places from 77 percent in December to 67 percent in March.

Aquino has also failed to reach his highest performance rating of 77 percent gained in August 2012.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda attributed the president's positive net scores to the country's newly earned "investment grade" credit rating from Fitch as well as the government's "massive investments" in social services, health, education, tourism, agriculture and infrastructure.

"The Filipino people remain this administration’s strength; the mandate they entrusted us when we took office remains our guide," Lacierda said.

Aquino was rated highest by Filipinos under the A, B and C social demographic with 78 percent responding positively, while 73 percent and 77 percent of those under D and E economic or lower income classes said they are satisfied with Aquino's work.

"The results of these surveys reflect the Filipino people’s abiding confidence in the President, and their support for the reforms that he continues to institute throughout the country," Lacierda added, referring as well to the latest Pulse Asia survey on public trust and approval of Aquino.

An infographic summarizing the latest SWS survey President Benigno Aquino III's public satisfaction scores. From

In the Pulse study, Aquino's trust score increased from 68 percent in February to 72 percent in March. Public approval of Aquino, meanwhile, also rose from 69 percent to 72 percent.

The latest SWS report was conducted from March 19 to 22.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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