MANILA – (UPDATE) Majority of Filipinos were satisfied with the conduct, as well as the results of the May 2019 elections, according to the latest survey released by Social Weather Stations (SWS) Tuesday.
The pollster found that 80 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the conduct of the elections.
Meanwhile, 12 percent were dissatisfied and 7 percent were undecided.
This yielded a net satisfaction score of plus +68, classified by SWS as "very good." It was 5 points below the record-high "excellent" +73 rating in June 2016.
In the same survey, SWS found that 79 percent of Pinoys agreed that "the COMELEC performed independently without favoring any candidate or group."
This gives an "extremely strong" net agreement score of +70, up by 9 points from the "extremely strong" +61 score in June 2013.
Meanwhile, 10 percent of those surveyed disagree that the Commission on Elections performed independently, and 11 percent were undecided.
The survey also showed that 86 percent said the results of the May 2019 elections for senators are "believable."
Majority of respondents also said the same for members of the House of Representatives (88 percent), governors (84 percent) and mayors (89 percent).
SWS also said net satisfaction in the conduct of the May 2019 elections was highest in Mindanao, with an "excellent" +77 score, followed by +71 "excellent" in Visayas.
Net satisfaction with the elections is both "very good" in Metro Manila with a score of +54 and Balance Luzon with +66.
Net agreement with the impartiality of the Comelec, meanwhile, is "extremely strong" across all areas.
According to SWS, the net satisfaction with the conduct of elections rose from "very good" to "excellent" since 2010.
It was at "moderate" levels when the survey was first conducted in 2004.
SWS conducted the survey from June 22 to 26, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.
Malacañang said Wednesday results of the survey should put to rest concerns on alleged poll irregularities.
“The survey results should put to rest the doubt cast by the vociferous and partisan minority upon the integrity of the midterm elections, as well as put a halt to their condescending and elitist remarks on the preference of the Filipino majority,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
The Palace also reiterated its call for a “fraud-free” technology provider for the 2022 presidential elections.
Allies of President Rodrigo Duterte dominated the Senate in the last elections, with 9 out of 12 seats going to pro-Duterte candidates.