By Alexandria San Juan
Satisfaction rating for the Senate of the Philippines increased to “very good” in the last quarter of 2018, while the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Cabinet remained at “good,” according to a latest Social Weather Stations survey.
In the survey result released on Friday, the SWS found out that the Senate was the only government institution that received “very good” net satisfaction ratings.
The survey fielded on December 16-19 last year showed that 71 percent of Filipinos said they were satisfied with the performance of the Senate while only 13 percent were dissatisfied.
This resulted in a one grade higher net satisfaction rating ( percent satisfied minus percent dissatisfied) of the Senate, and a 10-point increase to “very good” +58 from “good” +48 in September 2018.
This is the highest satisfaction score received by the Upper House since the “very good” +67 in August 2012.
SWS attributed the 10-point rise in the overall net satisfaction with the Senate due to increases in all areas, especially in Metro Manila where it significantly increased by 23 points from +34 in September 2018 to +57 in December.
It also rose from “good” to “very good” in the Visayas, up by 13 points from +48 in September to +61 in December.
It stayed very “good” in Mindanao, up by nine points from +51 in September to +60 in December, as well as in Balance Luzon with a six-point increase from +50 to +56.
House of Representatives
The net satisfaction rating of the House of Representatives remained “good” as survey found 57 percent Filipinos satisfied and 17 percent dissatisfied with their performance.
It increases by four points from +36 satisfaction score in September to +40 in December, the highest since the “good” +42 in June 2016.
Based on the result, the four-point rise in the overall net satisfaction rating of the Congress was due to increases in Metro Manila and the Visayas, combined with steady scores in Mindanao and Balance Luzon.
The net satisfaction rating of the Lower House rose by one grade from “moderate” to “good” in Metro Manila, up by 17 points from +19 in September to +36 in December.
It remained “good” in the Visayas (+34 in September to +41 in December), in Mindanao (+41 in September to +42 in December), and in Balance Luzon (+39 in September to +40 in December).
The Supreme Court’s net satisfaction rating also remained at “good” at +37, up by six points from +31 in December.
This was the result of the 54 percent Filipinos who said they were satisfied and the 17 percent who were dissatisfied with the performance of the SC in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The high court’s latest satisfaction score was similar to the “good” it received in December 2017.
The six-point improvement in the overall net satisfaction rating of the Supreme Court was due to increases in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, and the Visayas, combined with a slight decline in Mindanao.
Its satisfaction rating rose from “moderate” to “good” in Metro Manila, up by 13 points from +22 in September to +35 in December.
It stayed at “good” in Balance Luzon and in Visayas, up by 7 points from +31 in September to +38 in December, and by 6 points from +41 to +47, respectively.
It also stayed at “moderate” in Mindanao, although down by two points from +29 in September to +27 in December.
Meanwhile, the same survey noted that more than half of Filipinos or 52 percent said they were satisfied with the performance of the Cabinet as a whole while 17 percent said they were dissatisfied.
This resulted in the Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating of “good” at +35, up by three points also from “good” +32 in September.
The three-point increase in the overall net satisfaction rating of the Cabinet was due to increases in Metro Manila and the Visayas, combined with a steady score in Balance Luzon and a slight decline in Mindanao.
In Metro Manila, the Cabinet’s net satisfaction rating significantly rose from “moderate” at +23 in September to “good” +35 in December.
It stayed “good” in the Visayas, up by 7 points from +38 in September to +45 in December, and in Balance Luzon, hardly moving from +34 in September to +35 in December.
It stayed “moderate” in Mindanao, although down by 2 points from +29 in September to +27 in December.
The Fourth Quarter 2018 SWS survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews among 1,440 Filipino adults nationwide: 360 each in Balance Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao.