52% agrees impeachment of Gutierrez – SWS

First Quarter 2011 Social Weather Survey (SWS) found that 52% agreed and 15% disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the House of Representatives to file an impeachment case against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez; the remaining 29% were undecided.

On the plea bargaining agreement between the Office of the Ombudsman and former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) comptroller and now retired Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, 83% want Gen. Garcia charged with plunder, the case filed by former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo against him being strong, and only 15% want the government to continue with the plea bargain, the case filed being weak, according to Ombudsman Gutierrez.

The survey also found the net satisfaction rating (% satisfied minus % dissatisfied) of Ombudsman Gutierrez to be –9 in March 2011, similar to –9 in September 2010.

Previous surveys showed that the net trust rating (% much trust minus % little trust) of Ombudsman Gutierrez worsened from –17 in March 2008 to –22 in June 2009.

The net satisfaction rating of the Office of the Ombudsman, on the other hand, went from +2 in February 2009 to +9 in March 2011. It was single-digit in 5 out of 6 surveys since September 1998; it reached double-digits only in July 2001 when it reached +17.

Support for Gutierrez impeachment higher in Metro Manila and class ABC.

The March 2011 survey found that majorities of 68% in Metro Manila and 53% in Balance Luzon, and pluralities of 47% in the Visayas and 42% in Mindanao agreed with the Supreme Court’s decision allowing the Lower House to file an impeachment case against Ombudsman Gutierrez.