SWS survey shows growing dissatisfaction with Robredo

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Public satisfaction with Vice President Leni Robredo declined anew even as other officials' ratings remained steady

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — More Filipinos are dissatisfied with Vice President Leni Robredo's performance, according to nationwide poll results released Tuesday.

Private pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Tuesday said Robredo's net satisfaction rating among the public declined for a second consecutive quarter, dropping by 11 percentage points to a "moderate" +26 in the first three months of the year compared to a "good" +37 in  December 2016.

Robredo's December rating was also lower by 12 percentage points from her "very good" +49 in September 2016, when SWS first conducted a survey on her performance as vice president. She assumed office on June 30, 2016.

Of 1,200 respondents in the latest March 25-28, 2017 survey, almost 5 in 10 or 53 percent said they were "satisfied" with Robredo's performance against 27 percent who said otherwise, yielding a net satisfaction rating of +26.

The survey was conducted as Robredo faced huge uproar over a controversial video statement she made that was aired on the sidelines of a United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs conference in Vienna. In the video, she criticized the country's war on drugs.

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Her pronouncements earned her the ire of supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte, who remains largely popular despite an impeachment complaint filed against him. Duterte's net satisfaction rating as of March 2017 is at +63 or "very good."

Critics said Robredo's anti-drug war pronouncements before an international audience betrayed public trust, which is an impeachable offense under the 1987 Constitution. A group of lawyers and professors who support Duterte are pushing for an impeachment complaint against Robredo.

Relations between Duterte and Robredo are prickly. He earlier tagged her as among those plotting his ouster from office. He then backpedaled, saying he now believes Robredo is not involved in any ouster plot, and urged critics to stop talk of impeaching her.

Read more: Lawyers to pursue impeach rap vs. Robredo despite Duterte's opposition

SWS classifies net satisfaction ratings over 70 percent as "excellent," +50 to +69 "very good," +30 to +49 "good," and +10 to +29 "moderate."

Other gov't officials' ratings steady

Robredo is the only top government official who suffered a steep slump in her ratings.

Public satisfaction with Senate President Koko Pimentel slid in the first three months of 2017, by one percentage point, to +29 compared to the previous quarter.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's rating slightly dropped by two percentage points to +14 in the same period.

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who threatened to file an impeachment complaint against Robredo, saw his net satisfaction rating rise by two percentage points to +12.

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The survey results have a margin of error of ±3 percent.