Arroyo’s approval rating drops anew: survey


PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s net satisfaction rating for 2008 is at its lowest of -30 points, the November 28-December 1 survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

Arroyo’s net rating in 2007 was -9, net -16 in 2006, and net -25 in 2005.

Based on the SWS terminology of ratings, a net rating of -30 to -49 is considered “bad.” The criteria is as follows: +50 and above, “very good;” +30 to +49, “good;” +10 to +29, “moderate;” +9 to -9, “neutral;” -10 to -29, “poor;” -30 to -49, “bad;” and -50 or lower, “very bad.”

Deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said popularity ratings are not important to Arroyo and that she continues to focus on her job, particularly on the anti-poverty programs especially in the light of the global economic crisis.

Arroyo’s rating in the fourth quarter survey was 29 percent satisfied and 53 percent dissatisfied, for a net rating of -24 percent.

It was at -27 (27 percent satisfied and 54 percent dissatisfied) in the September 2008 or the third quarter survey.

SWS placed Arroyo’s net rating in the second quarter at -44 points, by averaging her net scores in the June 27-30 survey (-38 points or 22 percent satisfied and 60 percent dissatisfied) and the July 13-17 commissioned survey of Quezon Representative Danilo Suarez (-50 points or 17 percent satisfied and 67 percent dissatisfied).

The President’s net rating in the March 28-31 survey was -26 points (correctly rounded) or 27 percent satisfied and 54 percent dissatisfied.

The SWS fourth quarter survey, which had 1,200 respondents, showed that dissatisfaction with Arroyo worsened in Metro Manila at -45 (19 percent satisfied and 65 percent dissatisfied, correctly rounded) from -36 (21 percent satisfied and 58 percent dissatisfied, correctly rounded) in September.

Dissatisfaction dropped in the case of Luzon, from net -32 (24 percent satisfied, 57 percent dissatisfied, correctly rounded) in September to net -23 (27 percent satisfied and 50 percent dissatisfied) in December.

Arroyo’s net satisfaction rating was stable in the Visayas at net -14 (38 percent satisfied and 52 percent dissatisfied) from net -14 (34 percent satisfied and 48 percent dissatisfied) in September.

It was also stable in Mindanao at net -22 in December (31 percent satisfied and 53 percent dissatisfied), from net -21 (30 percent satisfied and 50 percent dissatisfied, correctly rounded) in September.

Arroyo’s ratings were stable based her scores by socioeconomic classes.

It went down a little among the rich ABC class, from -27 in September to -28 in December; from -24 to -21 among the Class D or the masa group; and from -32 to -31 in the poor Class E. (JMR/Sunnex)

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