SWS: Majority of Filipinos believe Aquino treated Arroyo fairly
Nearly three out of five Filipinos want former President Gloria Arroyo incarcerated in a regular jail even as more than half believe she was treated fairly by the government, a survey conducted by pollster Social Weather Stations showed.
The SWS survey conducted from March 30 to April 2 but released only on July 21 also showed even as two of three have little trust in her.
SWS released the survey results days after the Supreme Court paved the way for Arroyo’s release from the Veterans Memorial Medical Center where she had been detained since 2011.
Arroyo was brought out of the VMMC Thursday, July 21, but underwent an executive checkup at the St. Luke’s Medical Center Thursday night.
In the SWS survey, 58 percent of respondents said Arroyo should have stayed in a regular prison, and 42 percent said she should have been held under house arrest (http://www.sws.org.ph/
From March 2012 to March 2014, 70 to 71 percent had wanted her in a regular prison. This fell to 62 percent in June 2015 and 58 percent in April 2016.
The survey also showed 57 percent of adult Filipinos said the government’s treatment of Arroyo on the legal cases she was facing was fair, 21 percent said it was too harsh, and 21 percent saying it was too lenient.
Some 66 percent had little trust in Arroyo while 14 percent had much trust in her, for a net trust rating of “very bad” -52. This was 20 points below the “bad” net -32 in March 2016.
Arroyo’s net trust scores ranged from bad to very bad since September 2010. Her trust scores fell to -68 in June 2014.
Meanwhile, the SWS said majorities in all areas said treatment of Arroyo was fair.
The respondents were asked: “What is your opinion about the administration’s treatment of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regarding the cases that she is facing? Would you say that the administration has been (TOO HARSH, ONLY FAIR, or TOO LENIENT)?” [“Ano po ang opinyon ninyo sa pagtrato ng administrasyon kay dating Pang. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tungkol sa mga kasong kinahaharap nito? Masasabi po ba ninyo na ang pagtrato ng administrasyon ay (MASYADONG MAHIGPIT, MAKATARUNGAN LAMANG, o MASYADONG MAPAGBIGAY)?].
Those who answered fair included 60 percent in Balance Luzon, 57 percent in Mindanao, 55 percent in Metro Manila, and 53 percent in the Visayas.
Only 23 percent in Metro Manila, 23 percent in Balance Luzon, 21 percent in Visayas, and 19 percent in Mindanao said government’s treatment of Arroyo was too harsh.
Some 26 percent in Visayas, 23 percent in Mindanao, 22 percent in Metro Manila and 17 percent in Balance Luzon said the treatment was too lenient.
Meanwhile, the SWS said majorities across the board saw fair treatment of Arroyo.
Some 58 percent in overall urban areas and 57 percent in overall rural areas said government’s treatment of Arroyo was fair.
By class, 58 percent in Class D, 55 percent in Class E, and 52 percent in Class ABC also saw fair treatment of Arroyo.
By gender, 58 percent of women and 56 percent of men shared this opinion.
By education, 55 to 59 percent found the government’s treatment of Arroyo only fair.
The SWS also said that of those who said government’s treatment of Arroyo was fair, the net satisfaction rating of her successor Benigno Aquino III was a good +36 (61 percent satisfied, 25 percent dissatisfied).
It said this is more than twice the moderate +16 (52 percent satisfied, 36 percent dissatisfied) among those who said government’s treatment was too lenient, and thrice the moderate +12 (50 percent satisfied, 38 percent dissatisfied) among those who said it was too harsh.
Public satisfaction with the overall Aquino administration was also higher among those who saw fair treatment of Arroyo at a good +42, compared to the moderate +21 among those who said the government was too lenient, and the moderate +28 among those who said it was too harsh.
On whether Arroyo should have been in a regular prison, SWS asked its respondents: “In case the doctor of former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo certifies that she can be discharged from the hospital, in your opinion, where do you think former Pres. Arroyo should stay? Should she stay in her house or “under house arrest” or she should stay in a regular prison? [Kung sakaling sabihin ng duktor ni dating Pang. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo na maaari na itong makalabas ng ospital, sa inyong palagay, saan dapat manatili si dating Pang. Arroyo? Siya ba ay dapat manatili na muna sa kanyang bahay o “ma-house arrest” o sa isang regular na kulungan?]”.
Those who said Arroyo should have stayed in a regular prison included 63 percent in Mindanao, 58 percent in Visayas, 56 percent in Balance Luzon, and 56 percent in Metro Manila.
Those who wanted her on house arrest included 44 percent in Balance Luzon, 43 percent in Metro Manila, 42 percent in Visayas, and 37 percent in Mindanao.
By locale, 56 percent in overall urban areas and 59 percent in overall rural areas wanted Arroyo in a regular prison, as did 59 percent in Class E, 58 percent in Class D, and 52 percent in Class ABC and 59 percent of women, and 57 percent of men.
Meanwhile, SWS said regular prison was chosen more by those who saw lenient treatment by government.
The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults, including 300 each in Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao applied to the survey.