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The Aquino administration is getting "poor" ratings from the public over a perceived inability to control oil prices, and for the lack of justice in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, a recent Social Weather Stations survey suggests.
First published on BusinessWorld, the poll results revealed that the administration posted a -12 rating in ensuring that oil companies do not take advantage of rising global fuel costs and a -16 score in resolving the Maguindanao massacre case.
Public satisfaction with the Aquino administration also slipped after Filipinos gave the government lower scores about its performance in other issues.
Sixty-three percent of those polled by the survey taken from May 24 to 27 said that they were pleased with the government's general performance.
The rating is equivalent to a +44 net score, down from March's "good" score of +46.
Although the scores were still ranked as "good," this was the lowest net rating of the Aquino government so far, the SWS said.
However, the SWS survey said that the Aquino government's results are still better than previous administrations.
Net satisfaction scores “hardly changed” in most demographics exceptin the Visayas and in the ABC class where these fell to “moderate”from “good.” Net satisfaction stayed "very good" in Mindanao from +55to +58.
The government scored "good" scores on the following issues:
- promoting the welfare of overseas Filipino workers, +39 from +49 inMarch this year;
- providing enough supply of electricity, +37 from +57 in March 2000(when the issue was last tested);
- defending the country’s territorial rights, +35 from +27 in December 2000;
- helping the poor, +35 from +44 in March this year;
- distributing land, +34 from +29 in September 2010; and
- foreign relations, +33 from +46 in the last survey.
Meanwhile, the administration scored "moderate" ratings in the following:
- fighting terrorism, +19 from +33;
- fighting crimes, +16 from +31;
- reconciliation with Muslim rebels, +14 from +22; and
- eradicating graft and corruption, +12 from +17.
"Neutral" scores were gained in the following:
- reconciliation with communist rebels, down to +9 from +25 in March this year;
- budget management, + 2 from -2 in November 2001;
- ensuring that no family will be hungry, +1 from +10 last March; and
- fighting inflation, at -6 from zero in the last poll.
The SWS classifies net satisfaction scores of +70 and above asexcellent; +50 to +69, very good; -+30 to +49, good; +10 to +29,moderate; +9 to -9, neutral; -- 10 to -29, poor; -30 to -49, bad; and-70 and below execrable.
The survey was conducted using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide. Error margins used were ±3% for national and ±6% for area percentages.