Satisfaction with democracy hits new record high – SWS


Posted at Dec 15 2016 03:44 PM

MANILA – The number of Filipinos who are satisfied with how democracy works in the Philippines has reached a new record-high, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed.

The survey, first published on BusinessWorld, showed that 86% of Filipinos are satisfied with the democratic setting, 6 percentage points higher than the previous record-high of 80% in June 2013 and 7 percentage points higher than what was recorded during the previous survey in June 2016.

“On the whole, are you (very satisfied; fairly satisfied; not very satisfied; not at all satisfied) with the way democracy works in the Philippines?” SWS asked its respondents in survey conducted September 24-27.

The pollster noted that satisfaction with the way democracy works usually peaks with presidential elections: 70% in September 1992, 70% in July 1998, 68% in June 2010, and 86% in September 2016.

It added, satisfaction with democracy has also been above 60 percent since June 2010.

In the same survey, 62% of the respondents said "democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government".

Meanwhile, 19% said they “sometimes prefer authoritarianism” and 18% said “it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime".

The preference for democracy has been above 50% since February 2009. It reached a record-high of 65% in June 2013.