EGALITARIAN| Explaining the surveys on trust and satisfaction

                THE RECENT survey of the SWS shows a dip in the satisfaction ratings of the President from very good to good in a matter of three months, from June to September. To such degree, the trust rating of the public also corroded from excellent in June to very good in September. Significant decline in ratings were posted in Visayas and Luzon, Mindanao posted stable ratings. The income class ABC indicated very good ratings as well, but not for the income class which posted a percentage points decline.

                What do these figures tell us? The perception that the current public good services offered by the administration are unfit to the conditions of the people in Manila and its peripheral cities inasmuch as it does not fit in Visayas also. The lopsided public service that harbingers it is the crime prevention and law enforcement.

                The survey was conducted in the later week of September. A month after the Kian delos Santos, just 2 weeks old from the Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” Guzman death allegedly caused by the police. At this rate and timing, any pollster would know already the result of a survey. The portrayal of the administration’s drug war against the poor in the TV will surely affect public opinion.

                Visayas is expected to poster an adverse ratings. Two of the druglords of this region happen to be hometown heroes. They help ordinary people buy food, pay for medicines, that stuff that readily converts impression of bad to good for a simple gesture of aid.         The rise to prominence of radicalism which had startled the country’s ability and the Armed Forces’ being on top of the situation feeds the common debate of the AFP’s competency. There is no one to blame except the AFP themselves.

The setting of deadlines to end the war in Marawi is a double-edged sword. It wounded the public’s impression of competency and at the same time claimed a lot of lives of army and police men, which again redounds to leadership. It is a very huge sacrifice that has been thwarted politically by associating it with governance.

The public is becoming tired of the promises that the Marawi crisis is containable; perhaps, this is true in the eyes of a military strategist, but not to a lay person’s perspectives. To contain Marawi is to eliminate the threat; to eliminate the threat is not to give deadlines. There will always be trade off in doing things in haste. Either it will be very expensive or poorly done. Hence, the lesson here is not to make promise of time. Any promise cuts its own bearer. It is used against those who are making it. To hit Duterte, comes a good strategy. Turn the strength to weakness. Knowing fully that Duterte’s strongest agencies are the police and the Armed Forces, the “all others” convert these strengths to weaken public trust on the administration. Very clever. They pin down the professionalism of police thru three incidents. They pin down professionalism of AFP by accounting on its own promise on Marawi crisis. And the public seemed to be affected by it. However, let me tell my reader that none of the Presidents of the Philippines able to maintain their trust rating in the second year of their administration. In fact, in the same year of the Aquino administration, trust and satisfaction ratings were already erratic, plunging from good to very good in a much shorter episode. See, things change as it certainly is to come. This makes survey an interesting profession.

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