MANILA, Philippines—If the latest survey of the Social Weather Station is to be believed, President Benigno Aquino no longer holds the popularity he once had among the public.
In its latest survey conducted among 1,200 participants between March 20 to 23 this year, the SWS found that Aquino now only rates a “moderate +11 (satisfied as against unsatisfied).
Aquino’s net rating satisfaction score was a huge drop from his recent “good” +39 score taken last December 2014.
In the same period last year, Aquino obtained a +47 rating.
When taken individually, Aquino’s rating also took a nosedive in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
The biggest drop came from Luzon, where the respondents gave Aquino only a “neutral” -3 rating down from his “good +39 rating in December.
In Mindanao, Aquino’s rating dropped from +46 to +25. In the Visayas, his rating fell from +42 to +30.
In spite of the all-time low ratings however, only 32 percent of the participants supported Aquino’s resignation, as against 50 percent who still supported his administration. The rest were undecided.
The survey came almost two months after the January 25 Mamasapano tragedy in which 44 Special Action Force commandos died at the hands of fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters.
In the aftermath, the public criticized Aquino for his handling of the crisis, including his failure to receive the bodies at the Villamor Air Base due to having attended a Mitsubishi plant inauguration instead.
Survey Shows Public Understood PNoy’s Response On Mamasapano
Meanwhile, a Palace spokesman said that while he acknowledged the low ratings, they also believed it illustrated the public’s growing understanding of PNoy’s position on the incident.
Citing an earlier survey by Pulse Asia which gave PNoy an even lower rating than now, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said the comparatively higher rating in SWS suggested the public, after being outraged, became more understanding of PNoy’s take on Mamasapano after they had gathered information and learned the real circumstances behind the incident.
Nevertheless, Coloma said PNoy’s administration will continue its system of good governance in light of the low ratings.