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Aquino tops predecessors

President Aquino stepped down last week with the best performance rating among the past five presidents, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations said.

The nationwide survey conducted days before Aquino stepped down found out that 57 percent of respondents were satisfied with his performance while 28 percent were not, giving him a moderate final net satisfaction rating at +29 (percentage of those satisfied minus percentage of those dissatisfied), two points up from last April’s 27 percent.

SWS director Leo Laroza said that while Aquino’s ratings have declined – from his “very good” +60 net score in September 2010 after assuming office, to the “moderate” +27 in April 2016 – he still topped the final net scores of his four predecessors.

Former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria M. Arroyo ended with a “poor” rating at -17 in June 2010; Joseph Estrada had a “neutral” +9 in December 2000; Fidel Ramos got a “moderate” +19 in April 1998; and his mother, Corazon Aquino, finished with a “neutral” +7 in April 1992.

Laroza said Aquino got the highest net satisfaction score in August 2012 with a “very good” + 67 – while his worst was the “moderate” +11 in March 2015 amid the Mamasapano, Maguindanao tragedy in January. (Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)