Philippine democracy satisfaction rate is at 78% in recent SWS survey - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Philippine democracy satisfaction rate is at 78% in recent SWS survey

The Social Weather Survey (SWS) has gathered their first quarter results which runs from March 23 to 27, finding that 78% of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the democracy in the Philippines. This means that 8 out of 10 Filipinos show positivity towards it.
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The survey was released to the public the same day with the country celebrating its 120th anniversary of independence.

The 78% is points lower than June of last year’s 80 percent, and June of 2016’s 79%.
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Also included in the survey is the finding that 60 percent of adults prefer democracy to any other form of government. 19%, however, said that depending on circumstance, they prefer an authoritarian government to a democratic one.
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Meanwhile, there is 21% that said, for people like me, it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime.

The survey was conducted via face-to-face interviews with 1,200 adults nationwide. Those being 18 years old and above.

Representative Teodoro Baguilat Jr. of the opposition has commented on the issue, saying that he wonders how that could have happened.
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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,” he said.
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Baguilat mentioned that most of the respondents have felt that “expressions of dissent, transparency and accountability are not important in their definition of democracy.”

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 adds.
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Congressman Gary Alejano of Magdalo on the other hand said that “Filipinos are indeed freedom-loving citizens.”

He added the version of democracy the country is facing is still not close to ideal.
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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 said.

Source: Philstar