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SWS: 7 in 10 Filipinos say democracy still working

Thursday, February 25, 2016

SEVEN in 10 Filipinos believe with how democracy works 30 years after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship, according to a latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The study, conducted from December 5 to 8, showed that 76 percent of 1,200 respondents expressed satisfaction with the way democracy works in the country. The figures barely changed from 77 percent in June 2015.

The respondents were asked: "On the whole, are you (very satisfied; fairly satisfied; not very satisfied; not at all satisfied) with the way democracy works in the Philippines?"

The SWS said the satisfaction had been above 60 percent since June 2010 but declined after it hit a high of 80 percent in June 2013.

It also noted that from October 1999 to June 2009, the survey result exceeded 50 percent in only two out of 31 surveys.

Further, the SWS said satisfaction with the way democracy peaked at 70 percent in September 1992, 70 percent in July 1998, and 68 percent in June 2010.

After the 2013 senatorial elections, a record-high of 80 percent was reached. In contrast, only 44 percent were satisfied with the democracy after the 2004 presidential race.

Meanwhile, the SWS said 58 percent of respondents said democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government, while 18 percent believed that under some circumstances, an authoritarian government is more preferable than democratic one.

Twenty-three percent of Filipinos, on the other hand, did not matter whether the country has a democratic or a non-democratic regime.

The survey has sampling error margins of ±3 percentage points. (Sunnex)

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