Leni, Koko num­bers up; Sereno, Al­varez down – SWS

Manila Bulletin - - National News - By ALEXAN­DRIA DENNISE SAN JUAN

The lat­est So­cial Weather Sta­tions (SWS) sur­vey showed a leap in the pub­lic sat­is­fac­tion net rat­ings of Vice Pres­i­dent Ma. Leonor “Leni” Ro­bredo and Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Aquilino “Koko” Pi­mentel – gar­ner­ing a five-point and 13-point in­crease, re­spec­tively.

Based on the Septem­ber 23-27 sur­vey, 62 per­cent of the 1,500 re­spon­dents na­tion­wide were sat­is­fied with the Vice Pres­i­dent’s per­for­mance while 21 per­cent were dis­sat­is­fied.

This trans­lates to Ro­bredo’s net sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing of +41 (sat­is­fied [62%] mi­nus dis­satisi­fied [21%]) or “good,” which is a five-point in­crease from the +36 she got in June.

Her pub­lic sat­is­fac­tion rat­ings re­mained “very good” in Visayas at +60 from +53 in June, while “good” in Bal­ance Lu­zon at +42 from +35 in the sec­ond quar­ter sur­vey.

She scored “mod­er­ate” in Metro Manila at +23 with a three-point in­crease from +20, and re­mained at “good” +31 in Min­danao.

The sur­vey showed that VP Ro­bredo’s dou­ble-digit gains in her sat­is­fac­tion rat­ings can be found in ur­ban ar­eas, among class ABCs, and among col­lege grad­u­ates.

Lib­eral Party ally Se­na­tor Paolo “Bam” Aquino IV ex­pressed ela­tion over the im­prov­ing sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing of Ro­bredo.

Aquino, who served as Ro­bredo’s cam­paign man­ager dur­ing the 2016 May elec­tions, said her con­sis­tent hard work to up­lift un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties is pay­ing off.

Mean­while, Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Pi­mentel’s net sat­is­fac­tion also stayed “good” as his score leaped to a per­sonal record-high +46, up by 13 points from +33 in June.

His re­cent rat­ing with 60% sat­is­fied and 14% dis­sat­is­fied, sur­passed his pre­vi­ous per­sonal record of +37 in Septem­ber last year.

Pi­mentel’s net sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing gained dou­ble-digit in­creases in the Visayas, Bal­ance Lu­zon, and Metro Manila, with a seven-point in­crease in Min­danao.

The sen­ate pres­i­dent’s rat­ing in the Visayas up­graded from “good” to “very good” at +51, 17 points higher from +34 in June. Sereno, Al­varez down­graded

It was a dif­fer­ent story for Speaker Pan­ta­leon Al­varez and Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno whose pub­lic sat­is­fac­tion rat­ings were down­graded from “mod­er­ate” to “neu­tral” in the lat­est SWS poll.

Al­varez’s rat­ing dropped to a per­sonal record-low +8 (34% sat­is­fied mi­nus 26% dis­sat­is­fied), down by eight points from +16 in June.

Also fall­ing by one grade was Sereno who gar­nered a net sat­is­fac­tion of +9 (35% sat­is­fied mi­nus 26% dis­sat­is­fied) from +21 in June.

The 12-point fall in Sereno’s over­all rat­ing was a re­sult of dou­ble-digit de­clines in Min­danao and Metro Manila, and an eight-point de­crease in Lu­zon with a steady score in the Visayas.

The Chief Jus­tice at­trib­uted the de­cline in her ap­proval rat­ing to “the in­ces­sant at­tacks and vi­cious smear cam­paign” in re­la­tion to the im­peach­ment com­plaint filed against her.

In a state­ment, Sereno’s spokesper­son lawyer Josa Deinla said “for the past months, she (Sereno) has been pub­licly vil­i­fied to jus­tify at­tempts to un­seat her on the ba­sis of un­founded al­le­ga­tions, which are not even im­peach­able of­fenses un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

De­spite the de­cline in ap­proval rat­ing, Deinla said “Chief Jus­tice Sereno will con­tinue to ful­fill her du­ties and con­sti­tu­tional man­date re­gard­less of sur­vey re­sults.”

The SWS em­pha­sized that their sur­veys on pub­lic sat­is­fac­tion through face-to-face in­ter­views are not com­mis­sioned, but are done on their own ini­tia­tive and re­leased as a pub­lic ser­vice. (With re­ports from Han­nah L. Torregoza and Rey G. Panaligan)

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