Nearly eight in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the way democracy works in the country, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
The SWS poll, fielded from Dec. 5 to 8, found 76 percent of Filipino adults satisfied with the way democracy works, barely changed from 77 percent in June 2015.
The results of the survey were published in the newspaper BusinessWorld yesterday, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.
The survey used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 respondents nationwide and has sampling error margins of plus or minus three percentage points.
Satisfaction with the way democracy works hit a record-high 80 percent after the May 2013 senatorial elections, the SWS noted.
In contrast, only 44 percent were satisfied with the way democracy works after the presidential elections in 2004, it said.
The SWS survey also showed a majority or 58 percent saying “democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government,” from 59 percent in June 2015.
SWS said preference for democracy has been above 50 percent since February 2009, although it reached a record-high of 65 percent in June 2013.
About two in 10 respondents or 18 percent said “under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable to a democratic one,” down three points from 21 percent in June last year.
The pollster also noted an increase in the number of respondents who said “for people like me, it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime” from June’s 20 percent to 23 percent in December.
The question on “satisfaction in the way democracy works” originated in the Eurobarometer surveys and is also in standard use in Latin American and Asian barometer projects, the SWS said.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the latest SWS survey “comes as a timely and fitting tribute” to the Filipinos on the 30th anniversary of the people power revolution.
“Such overwhelming approval reflects the Filipinos’ deep appreciation for democracy as a way of life. Filipinos cherish and uphold democracy as they disdain the oppression and tyranny of dictatorship,” Coloma said. - With Aurea Calica