Erap pardon fails to lift Gloria satisfaction rating, says SWS survey
by Regina Bengco
President Arroyo’s grant of conditional pardon to former president Joseph Estrada in October did not improve her satisfaction rating, even among those who believed that the pardon was “good for the country,” the November 30-December 3 survey of the Social Weather Stations showed.
Estrada was granted conditional pardon on October 25 for the crime of plunder.
The survey, which had 1,200 respondents, found that 54 percent agreed that the grant of pardon to Estrada was good for the country compared to 23 percent who disagreed.
Arroyo’s net satisfaction rating was net -22 (30 percent satisfied vs. 52 percent dissatisfied) among those supportive of the pardon and -12 (36 percent satisfied vs. 48 percent dissatisfied) among those who were opposed to it.
Support for the Estrada pardon was prevalent in all areas, with net agreement highest at 45 (63 percent agree vs. 18 percent disagree) in Metro Manila, 38 (60 percent agree vs. 22 percent disagree) in Mindanao, 32 (54 percent agree vs. 22 percent disagree) in Luzon, and 15 (44 percent agree vs. 29 percent disagree) in the Visayas.
It was much stronger in Class E, with net agreement at 35 (56 percent agree vs. 21 percent disagree) and in Class D, with 33 (55 percent agree vs. 22 percent disagree), compared to class ABC, with only 15 (44 percent agree vs. 30 percent disagree).
The SWS survey also showed Arroyo’s net rating dropping from -11 (34 percent satisfied vs. 45 percent dissatisfied) in September 2007 to -16 (32 percent satisfied vs. 48 percent dissatisfied).
Arroyo’s net ratings were close to neutral in the first and second quarters of 2007, before returning to negative levels again.
The drop in Arroyo’s ratings was attributed to loss of support in Mindanao and the Visayas, and worsening dissatisfaction in Metro Manila.
Satisfaction with Arroyo declined in Mindanao from -1 in September to net 20 in December, from 1 to -9 in the Visayas, and from -24 to -34 in Metro Manila. But it recovered in Luzon, from -18 in September to -12 in December.
Among the socio-economic classes, it dropped from 8 in September to -16 in December among the Class ABC but remained negative among the Class D or masa, at -12 in September to -13 in December.
But it worsened among the Class E, from -13 in September to -25 in December.