VICE-PRESIDENT MARIA LEONOR G. ROBREDO — PHILSTAR/OVP
By Vince Angelo C. Ferreras
VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo’s net satisfaction rating jumped 15 points to “good” +42, according to the First Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the country’s top officials.
Net satisfaction with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III stayed “very good” at +61, as he did in SWS’ fourth quarter survey last year, while House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo improved by 4 points but was still remained “poor,” as she did in the previous quarter.
Some 63% of adult Filipinos were satisfied with Ms. Robredo’s performance while 21% were dissatisfied, SWS said. Ms. Robredo ranked a “moderate” +27 last December.
The upgrade in Ms. Robredo’s net satisfaction was due to the increase in her ratings in Balance Luzon (from +20 to +46), Visayas (from +48 to +65), and Mindanao (from +31 to +33), the polling group also noted.
“Compared to December 2018, Vice-Pres. Robredo’s net satisfaction rating rose across all basic socio-demographics except among the 18-24 year olds,” SWS pointed out further.
Ms. Robredo’s net satisfaction is back to the +42 points she gained in December 2017. The next year, she had a net satisfaction of +34, +32, +34, and +27 in SWS’ succeeding quarterly surveys.
Of Mr. Sotto’s latest net satisfaction, 71% of adult Filipinos were satisfied and 10% were dissatisfied.
Starting June last year, Mr. Sotto had a net satisfaction of +54, +55, and +61 in three of SWS’ quarterly surveys for 2018.
Ms. Arroyo was first rated by SWS in September last year, in its third-quarter poll following her rise to the House speakership on July 23, 2018. She had a net satisfaction of “neutral” -4, followed by “poor” -21 in December 2018 and “poor” -17 this March, of which 29% were satisfied and 46% were dissatisfied.
In a statement, House Majority Floor Leader Fredenil Castro said: “Natural lang na maapektuhan ang rating ni Speaker Arroyo ng mga paninira tungkol sa budget. Pero ang mahalaga, naipasa ang budget at susulong na ang mga programa at proyekto para sa taong bayan. Kabilang dito ang Build, Build, Build program, Universal Health Care, Free Tertiary Education, at marami pang iba.” (It’s only natural that Speaker Arroyo’s rating would be affected by the [politicking] behind the budget. But what’s important is that the budget was passed, so that programs for the people may now be pushed, such as the Build, Build, Build program, Universal Health Care, Free Tertiary Education, and many others).
“At agad ding kumikilos ang Speaker para sa mga nasalanta ng lindol. Ito ang tunay na serbisyo publiko, anuman ang lumabas sa survey,” Mr. Castro also said. (And the Speaker acted on behalf of those affected by the earthquake. This is true public service, regardless of the survey.)
Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin had a net satisfaction of “moderate” +14 — compared with +11 in December last year — of which 34% were satisfied and 20% were dissatisfied.
SWS said its noncommissioned survey was conducted from March 28-31, using face-to-face interviews of 1,440 adults nationwide: 360 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao, with sampling error margins of ±2.6% for national percentages and ±5% each for the said areas.