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