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84% approves Duterte democracy – SWS


A latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that 84 percent of adult Filipinos are satisfied with the way democracy works in the Philippines.

According to the 2018 SWS third quarter survey held from Sept. 15-23, the number has increased from 78 percent in March 2018 and nearly tied the record-high 86 percent registered in September 2016.

“Satisfaction with the way democracy works has ranged from 59% to 86% since June 2010,” the SWS noted.

The pollster found that 59 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents said democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government while 20 percent answered they sometimes prefer authoritarianism and 19% said “it does not matter”.

SWS called 59 percent the “committed democrats” while 20 percent the “conditional authoritarians” and 19% the “indifferent”.

Due to the 6-point increase in satisfaction with the way democracy works and steady figures regarding preference for democracy, the SWS said the September 2018 survey found increases in satisfaction with democracy among committed democrats, conditional authoritarians, and those who were indifferent.

It said satisfaction was the highest among committed democrats at 88% or also a 6-point increase from 83% in March this year while satisfaction jumped by five points among conditional authoritarians from 75% to 80% in the same period.

Although satisfaction was the lowest among those who were indifferent at 74 percent, the score was still six points better compared to 68 percent in the March 2018 survey.

The question on “satisfaction in the way democracy works” originated from the Eurobarometer surveys, and is also in standard use in Latin American and Asian barometer projects, according to SWS.