MANILA — In what could be a portent of things to come, especially with the presidential elections fast approaching, Leni Robredo made history, albeit degradingly after she recorded a measly +1 net satisfaction rating — the lowest seen among outgoing vice presidents in recent memory.
The results were based on the survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in December 2021 and were released on Monday (February 7).
In a radio interview aired over DZRH, political analyst and UP professor Clarita Carlos said that Robredo’s ratings could have telling effects on her May 2022 presidential bid without fully elaborating.
“’Yan ang nakapagtataka kasi they are presenting her as the cousin of Mother Theresa so dapat mataas ang trust rating niya ‘di ba? So ‘yun ang nakapagtataka pero kasi ano naman, ‘yang SWS ay talagang matatag na matatag na organization so we need to believe in the numbers that they give out,” she pointed out.
Robredo’s +1 satisfaction rating nearly scraped the bottom of the barrel and is a stark contrast to President Rodrigo Duterte who enjoys a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +60 percent while approaching the end of his term.
The SWS survey also showed that Robredo’s performance was the worst among the government officials included in the SWS survey.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III posted +52 while Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo had +7 percent. Even House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, who saw a decline in his net satisfaction rating, fared better than Robredo with +5.
Robredo’s rating was even worse than her predecessor, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who maintained a “moderate” satisfaction rating of +25 mere months before he stepped down from the post.
Even veteran journalist and former Vice President Noli de Castro bested Robredo with a +14 net satisfaction rating a day before relinquishing the VP position to Binay in 2010.
“When we ran this in September 2021, Vice President Leni Robredo was +24 [but] in December 2021, she was +1,” said SWS President and CEO Linda Luz Guerrero.
The SWS survey tapped 1,440 respondents and was conducted from December 12 to 16 last year.
Guerrero added that the people’s “perception of his [Duterte] character” is one of the most critical factors for his enduring high satisfaction rating.
Guerrero presented the initial results of the December 2021 national survey in the 2022 Survey Review forum organized by the Asian Institute of Management and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation. (ai/mtvn)