Net satisfaction with Congress, SC, Cabinet ‘good’ – SWS survey

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MANILA, Philippines — Both chambers of Congress, the Supreme Court and the Cabinet earned “good” net satisfaction ratings in the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations.

The results of the Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey showed 62 percent of respondents satisfied and 17 percent dissatisfied with the performance of the Senate, while 52 percent were satisfied and 18 percent dissatisfied with the House of Representatives.

For the Supreme Court, 50 percent were satisfied and 19 percent not, while 49 percent were satisfied and 17 percent dissatisfied with the Cabinet.

The non-commissioned survey was conducted September 23-27 through face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults (600 in Balance Luzon, and 300 each in Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao), with sampling error margins of ±2.5 percent for national percentages, ±4 percent for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Net satisfaction is computed by subtracting dissatisfaction from satisfaction.

This gave the Senate “a good +46 (correctly rounded) for the Senate, a good +34 for the House of Representatives, a good +31 for the Supreme Court, and a good +32 for the Cabinet,” SWS said.

The Senate’s net satisfaction rating was down three points from +49 in June “due to declines of 13 points in Mindanao, 6 points in Metro Manila, and 2 points in the Visayas, combined with a 3-point increase in Balance Luzon,” SWS explained.

Breaking this down, the survey firm said satisfaction with the Senate remained a “very good” +52 in the Visayas, down from +54 in June.

It stayed “good” in Balance Luzon at +44, up from June’s +41, and in Metro Manila at +43 from +49 in June.

In Mindanao, the chamber fell “one grade from very good to good” with its +44 rating down from +57 in June.

The largest decline — a double-digit drop — in the Senate’s net satisfaction rating was in Class E.

On the other hand, SWS said “the steady overall net satisfaction rating of the House of Representatives was due to a 4-point increase in Balance Luzon, combined with decreases of 5 points in Metro Manila and 2 points in Mindanao, and a steady score in the Visayas.”

In the Visayas, satisfaction in the House remained the same, +46, as in June, while in Mindanao it took +39 from +41 in June.

It was a moderate +28 in Balance Luzon from +24 in June but fell a grade to a moderate +29 in Metro Manila from a good +34 in June.

The chamber also saw double digit declines in Class E and among respondents 18 to 24 year olds.

The decline in the Supreme Court’s net satisfaction came via drops of 22 points in Mindanao, 21 points in Metro Manila and 3 points in the Visayas, while earning a 5-point increase in Balance Luzon.

The high court’s +48 in June dropped to a still good +45 in the Visayas while remaining moderate in Balance Luzon at +29, up from +24 in June.

But in Mindanao, this plunged from +55 in June to +33, while in Metro Manila, the drop was from +39 in June to +18.

The Supreme Court also saw double-digit declines in its net satisfaction among Classes E and ABC, among men, age groups except 25 to 44 year olds, and among non-elementary school graduates and elementary school graduates.

The 2-point drop in the Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating was because of decreases of 8 points each in Metro Manila and Mindanao, combined with a 2-point increase in Balance Luzon and a steady score in the Visayas.

In the Visayas, net satisfaction held steady at +39, was a moderate +27 in Balance Luzon, up from +25 in June, a good +37 in Mindanao from +45, and dropped from a good to moderate +36 in June to +28 in Metro Manila.

The double-digit declines in the Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating came courtesy of Class Es, men, and non-elementary school graduates and elementary school graduates. But it saw double-digit gains among 25 to 34 year olds and college graduates.

The actual survey question SWS asked follows:

Batay sa kabuuang nagawa nila, ano po ang pakiramdam o opinyon ninyo sa mga sumusunod na institusyon ng gobyerno? Kayo ba ay Lubos na nasisiyahan, Medyo nasisiyahan, Hindi tiyak kung nasisiyahan o hindi, Medyo hindi nasisiyahan, lubos na hindi nasisiyahan, o wala pa kayong narinig o nabasa kahit na kailan tungkol sa (institusyon)? Pakilagay po ang mga kard sa naaangkop na lugar dito sa rating board.”

[“Based on their overall performance, how do you feel about the performance of the following government institutions? Are you Very satisfied, Somewhat satisfied, Undecided if satisfied or not, Somewhat dissatisfied, Very dissatisfied or You have never heard or read anything about (institution)? You may indicate your answer by placing each card on the appropriate answer on this rating board.”].

  1. ANG SENADO (Senate)
  2. KAPULUNGAN NG MGA KINATAWAN (House of Representatives)
  3. KORTE SUPREMA (Supreme Court)
  4. ANG GABINETE SA KABUUAN (Cabinet as a whole)

SWS uses the following terminology for Net Satisfaction Ratings:

  • +70 and above, “excellent”
  • +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”
  • -50 to -69, “very bad”
  • -70 and below, “execrable”

“SWS considers the movement from one classification to another as either an ‘upgrade’ or ‘downgrade’,” the polling firm said.