VICE President Leni Robredo’s net satisfaction rating fell 12 points in the latest Social Weather Stations opinion poll conducted shortly after she left the Cabinet on Dec. 4.
The survey, conducted from Dec. 3 to 6, found that 58 percent of 1,500 respondents nationwide said they were satisfied with Robredo’s performance, as against 21 percent who were dissatisfied and 20 percent who were undecided.
While she retained a “good” net satisfaction rating, Robredo saw her +49 score in the previous SWS survey fall to +37.
Despite the lower rating, Robredo thanked Filipinos for their “continued trust and support.”
“We assure you that we are listening to your voice so we can serve you better,” she said in a statement.
“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,” she added. The SWS survey came weeks ahead of Robredo's visit to New York that drew severe criticisms.
Opinion columnist Carlos Munda of mindanation.com said, “Bicolandia’s favorite daughter Leni Robredo is cozying up to her new found BFF [bestfriend forever] Loida Lewis in New York City.”
He wrote Robredo “is in New Yawk safely huddled in the comforts of a billionaire’s apartment overlooking Central Park.”
Munda was referring to philanthropist and community leader Loida Nicolas Lewis, a Filipino-American businesswoman and widow of founder and chief executive officer Reginald Lewis of the multibillion-dollar TLC Beatrice.
Nicolas Lewis, 74, who was born in Sorsogon, Sorsogon, supported Robredo in the May vice presidential race, and had called for the resignation of President Rodrigo Duterte for his bloody war against drugs.
Blogger, singer and dancer Mocha Uson also hit out at Robredo over her US vacation trip at the height of typhoon “Nina” battering Bicol province.
But a netizen, a certain Claudia Gomez, however, said bloggers must stop amplifying the issue because Christmas is a time for people to spend quality time with their loved ones.
“Why are you overreacting? If she wants to spend her holidays with her family and sister in the US, there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone’s entitled to spend the holidays with their family, same as you and everyone else,” Gomez replied in Uson’s comments section.
She said the Vice President cannot stop a typhoon, and that Camarines Sur Gov. Miguel Villafuerte and Naga Mayor John Bongat were already on top of the situation.
The same survey saw the net satisfaction rating of Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III staying “good,” but slipping seven points from +37 in September to +30 in December.
Some 33 percent were satisfied with House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’s performance for this quarter while 23 percent were dissatisfied, yielding a “moderate” +10 net rating that was 13 points down from his “moderate” score of +22 in September.
Similarly, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s net rating stayed “moderate,” although down 10 points from +26 in September to +16 in December.
The SWS survey showed President Rodrigo Duterte had a net satisfaction rating of +63 or “very good,” just one point lower than his September +64 score.
The fourth quarter net public satisfaction poll has a ±3 percent sampling error margin.