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SWS: 78% of Filipinos satisfied with Philippine democracy


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A recent study done by the Social Weather Station unveiled on Tuesday, that 8 out of 10 adult Filipinos are contented with how the current democracy works based on the results of the March 2018 survey done by 1,200 respondents countrywide.

SWS’ 1st Quarter Survey for 2018 was conducted between March 23 – 27, when 60% of the result shows democracy is, in fact, ‘preferred’ than any forms of government, however, fell 2 points behind the 80% result for June 2017 and only 1 point behind the June 2016 survey.

The survey’s release corresponds to the country’s 120th Independence Day Commemoration.     

Survey responses included: democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government; under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable to a democratic one; for people like me, it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime.

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An SWS pollster cited a huge number of adult Filipino respondents believed that “democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government” remained 50% above since February 2009 with a record high of 65% since June 2013. 

While the other 19% considered that “under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable to a democratic one.” - comparable to the September 2016 survey. The result remained constantly below the 20% margin since December 2015 onwards.

Meanwhile, 21% of the respondents that preferred “for people like me, it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime,” went up 1 point higher from 20% since June 2017.

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Using actual face – to – face interviews, 300 respondents were chosen each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with ±3% error margins for national percentages and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

SWS based its interview, “satisfaction in the way democracy works” from the Eurobarometer surveys similar to the standard use in South America and Asian barometer projects.

The result showing 78% of Filipinos satisfied with democracy under President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, bewilders opposition Rep. Teodoro Baguilat Jr.

In a June 12 statement, Baguilat said, “This is indeed perplexing. Clearly, there is a need to educate Filipinos about how true democracy works – where rule of law is held paramount, where institutions are strong and free from interference and where opportunities for economic and political power are enjoyed not only by a few elite.”

“The failures of liberal democracy in the past should not cloud our judgment on democracy. Let’s remember that many of the things we enjoy now are also products of our democratic awakening. Democracy is not at fault here. It depends on how we mold it. I still believe it is an ideal that we can strive for,” he added.

While MAGDALO Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano said the result only proves that “Filipinos are indeed freedom-loving citizens.”

“In spite of propaganda to discredit democracy and suggestions of an authoritarian form of government by current leaders, the Filipino people keep their faith on the ideals and values of democracy,” he said.

“There are still killings and human rights violations in the war on drugs, political persecution of critics of the administration, corruption in government, subservience to external pressures, inaction to foreign encroachment in our territory, poor labor conditions for workers and Filipino families suffering due to uncontrolled inflation and oppressive tax system,” he added.

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