Published: Wednesday 28 December, 2016

VP Leni Robredo Rating Dropped After Cabinet Exit – SWS Survey

It seems more Filipinos were dissatisfied with the performance of Vice President Leni Robredo after she left the Duterte Cabinet. Her overall satisfaction dipped based on the latest survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS).

VP Leni Robredo

VP Leni Robredo still has a ‘good’ satisfaction rating despite the drop of 12 percentage points. (PHOTO: OVP/Facebook)

Based on the result of 1,500 face-to-face interviews, the satisfaction of VP Leni Robredo dipped from 65% in September 2016 to 58% in December 2016. The number of dissatisfied also increased from 16% to 21% while those undecided were relatively unchanged from 18% to 20%. The result is a net satisfaction rating drop of 12 percentage points, from 49% to 37% for the same period.

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The SWS poll was conducted from December 3 to 6, 2016.

Robredo resigned from her post as chief of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) after receiving a notice from Duterte that she should cease and desist from attending Cabinet meetings.

Despite the drop, the rating of VP Leni Robredo can still be classified as ‘good’. SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings of +30 to +49 as good.

In a statement, VP Leni Robredo vowed to continue helping the poor and the marginalized, one of her campaign promises.

“We thank the Filipino people for their continued trust and support. We assure you that we are listening to your voice so we can serve you better,” she said.

“Through the Angat Buhay, the Office of the Vice President’s poverty alleviation program, we are determined to continue our mission to uplift the lives of the poor and the marginalized.”

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Other Top Officials’ Ratings Also Dropped

Robredo is not alone. The performance rating of other top government officials also dropped for the same period. According to the same SWS poll, Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel saw a 7-point drop from 37% to 30%. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez also suffered a 12-point drop from 22% to 10% net rating.  And Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who has the lowest satisfaction rating among top officials, received 10%from 22% last September.

In contrast, President Rodrigo Duterte’s performance rating is relatively unchanged and pegged at ‘very good’. Duterte’s net satisfaction rating is 63% compared to his 64% in September.