THE Social Weather Stations has released the record of First Gentleman Jose Miguel "Mike" Arroyo’s past trust ratings following the President’s announcement that he has volunteered to go abroad.
In 11 national SWS surveys from January 2001 to March 2005, Mr. Arroyo had an average of only 22 percent saying they had much trust in him.
Since an average of 46 percent said they had little trust in him, Mr. Arroyo’s resulting average net trust rating was 24 in this period, according to the research organization.
The March 2005 survey finding of 16 percent with much trust and 60 percent with little trust in the First Gentleman, or net 44, was the lowest degree of trust recorded during the period.
Mr. Arroyo’s net trust rating was positive only in January 2001.
Statistical analysis has consistently shown a direct correlation between public satisfaction with a president’s performance and public trust in the president’s spouse, SWS said.
SWS has regularly polled public trust in presidential spouses ever since the administration of President Fidel Ramos, and reported these to its subscribers.
The SWS’s full report can be accessed at its website.