SWS: 78% Filipinos are satisfied with democracy in PHL

Thousands of Philippine workers carry placards while marching towards the Malacanang Presidential Palace during a May Day rally at Espana, Metro Manila, Philippines May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

At least 78% of Filipinos are satisfied with how democracy works in the Philippines, according to the result of the latest Social Weather Station released during the 120th Independence Day Celebration, June 12. However, the satisfaction level with the democracy dropped by two points from the 80% result in June last year.

The public’s satisfaction with the democracy ruling in the country reached its record-high in September 2016 with 86%, months after the May 2016 national elections took place, as per the polling firm noted. The question of ‘satisfaction in the way democracy works’ originated in the Eurobarometer surveys and is also in standard use in Latin American and Asian barometer projects.

Also, the survey specified that majority of Filipinos prefer ‘democracy’ as the best form of government for the country. Almost, 60% addressed that “democracy is always preferable to any kind of government,” a 1% decreased from last survey’s 61%.

On the other hand,  the preference for authoritarian government remained steady at 19 percent from September 2016 to March 2018, while those who said “it does not matter whether we have democratic or a non-democratic regime” moved from 20% in June 2017 to 21% of March 2018.

The survey was conducted from March 23 to 27 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults. It has sampling error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.


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