PNoy rating up but still lower than pre-Mamasapano level

MANILA - President Aquino appears to have recovered from the political fallout from the January 25 Mamasapano incident though he remains to be past his prime in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.
Aquino polled a net satisfaction rating of +30, which is almost thrice his +11 in March.
This, however, is still lower than the +39 in December 2014, before the January 25, 2015 Mamasapano incident. Aquino polled his all time high in SWS of +67 in August 2012.
Aquino nevertheless remains to be in better shape at this time in his presidency than his predecessor.
Aquino at +30 in June 2015 is better than Gloria Arroyo’s -31 in June 2009, and his own mother Corazon Aquino’s +10 in July 1991. However, Aquino’s rating now is lower than Fidel Ramos’ +49 in June 1997.
In the June 2015 survey, Aquino’s rating improved across all geographic locations -- NCR (+8 from +7), Balance Luzon (+30 from -3), Visayas (+35 from +30), Mindanao (+39 from +25), Total Urban (+29 from +3), Total Rural (+31 from +23), ABC (+44 from +6), D (+27 from +10), E (+34 from +18), Male (+30 from +5), and Female (+31 from +17).
Malacañang welcomed the development, saying they will continue intensifying efforts to achieve long-term inclusive growth.
“President Aquino is gratified that our Bosses, the Filipino people, recognize the efforts of his administration to improve the delivery of public services and continue implementing vital reforms so that the fruits of good governance and may be sustained and made permanent,” Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.
“We will intensify efforts to accelerate the development of public infrastructure, broaden social protection, and strengthen public institutions so that the ultimate objective of achieving long-term inclusive growth may be attained,” he added.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also said the results of the survey show that Aquino continues to enjoy the confidence of the Filipino people.
“As snapshots of public opinion, surveys reflect varying perspectives, and their results fluctuate according to changing political landscapes. Nevertheless, President Aquino’s approval ratings remain historically high compared to the same period of other administrations. This shows the public’s confidence in the President, who-five years since his election-continues to tread the path of Daang Matuwid, leading the fight against corruption and pursuing economic growth for the benefit of all.”
“Indeed, inclusive growth remains at the front and center of the Aquino administration. This commitment has translated into concrete benefits for our citizens, including improvements in education and employment. President Aquino has always believed in our people’s potential, and thus continues to invest in our country’s greatest resource. With 377 days left in the President’s term, he intends to make full use of each day to build on our recent successes and propel our nation toward even greater heights,” Valte said. (By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News)

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