Bong Go questions SWS survey method: ‘Bakit mina-minus ang negative sa positive?’

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao file photo)

President Rodrigo Dueterte’s right-hand man is questioning the method being done by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in measuring the ratings of public officials in its surveys.

In an interview with dzRH’s Cesar Chavez on Thursday, July 12, special assistant to the president Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go cited the recent SWS second quarter survey on Duterte’s satisfaction rating and said that the pollster should not subtract the percentage of Filipinos dissatisfied with the chief executive’s performance related to his position or duty from the percentage of those who are satisfied with it.

Wala naman kasing plus-minus d’yan sa survey. Wala namang botohan o eleksyon na ‘yong positibo ima-minus mo sa negatibo…Tinatanong dito kung ilan ba ang nasisiyahan. Ibig kong sabihin kung 65 percent (ang) satisfied, 35 ang ayaw, hindi pupuwedeng i-minus ‘yon sa negative na ayaw,” said Duterte’s chief assistant.

In the said survey conducted from June 27 to 30 this year, SWS placed Duterte’s net satisfaction rating at +45, which was the result of subtracting the 20 percent of Filipinos dissatisfied with his performance from 65 percent of them who were satisfied.

The same poll last June also showed that Duterte’s net satisfaction rating was 11 percent points lower than his 56 percent net satisfaction rating in March 2018.

Go said the results of the SWS survey should not be taken hook, line, and sinker because in the polls of other firms, the President had higher ratings. He said that in one survey, the chief executive got an 87-percent trust rating.

“So tingnan mo rin ‘yong ibang survey firm na meron s’yang 87 (percent) trust rating. So higit walo pa ang nainiwala sa kanya out of sampung Pilipino so that’s a big majority,” Go said, without identifying the firm that conducted the survey.

Earlier, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also said that the results of the SWS survey should not be taken as gospel truth because Malacañang had other surveys showing different results.

Unang una po, ito’y survey ng SWS. Meron po kaming ibang survey na nagpapakita na iba naman ang resulta,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Wednesday, July 11, when he was asked  by dzRH’s Henry Uri to comment on the results of the poll firm’s June 27-30, 2018 second  quarter survey.

He said the Palace was not in any way perturbed by the results of the SWS survey because the Office of the President had commissioned other poll firms to conduct surveys, whose results were unlike the findings in the SWS poll.

Alam n’yo po kasi, napakadaming sariling survey din ang Palasyo at ito po’y isa lamang. Hindi ko po alam kung kailan ako bibigyan ng authority, pero meron po talagang ibang survey na iba naman po ang resulta at iba ring kumpanya ang gumawa.”

Roque, however, did not give details about the other surveys because he was still seeking authority to publicly release the results of the said polls.

Abangan po natin’ yan dahil kagabi po ay hinihingi ko na nga ‘yong authority na ilabas para makita naman [Let’s wait for it because I asked last night to be given authority to release it so the public can see it],” he added.

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