More Filipinos are satisfied with the way democracy works in the Philippines, according to a survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
The poll held from December 5 to 8, 2015 showed that 76 percent of the 1,200 respondents expressed satisfaction, barely changed from the 77 percent in June 2015.
The SWS said the satisfaction rating had been above 60 percent since June 2010. It declined in June 2013 when it hit 80 percent.
In contrast, only 44 percent of those surveyed said they were satisfied after the 2004 presidential race.
The survey firm also found that a majority, or 58 percent, believe that “democracy is always preferable to any other kind of government.”
The remaining 18 percent believe that “under some circumstances, an authoritarian government can be preferable to a democratic one,” while 23 percent think “it does not matter whether we have a democratic or a non-democratic regime.”
The public preference between democracy and authoritarianism is a different issue from the degree of satisfaction with how democracy works, and is probed by a separate question, SWS said.
The non-commissioned survey, first published in BusinessWorld on Thursday, used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults in Metro Manila, the balance of Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.
Responding to the survey results, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said “such overwhelming approval reflects the Filipinos’ deep appreciation for democracy as a way of life.”
Coloma described the latest survey as “a timely and fitting tribute” to Filipinos on the 30th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution.
“Filipinos cherish and uphold democracy as they disdain the oppression and tyranny of dictatorship,” he said.