Palace happy with survey on PH democracy

Not only did satisfaction reach a record level of 74%, it is also the longest period of sustained satisfaction since 1986

RECORD-HIGH. Filipinos' satisfaction with the democracy reached a record-high before the May 2013 elections. Courtesy of SWS

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos are satisfied with how democracy works under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III — more than ever before.

Not only did satisfaction reach a record level of 74%, it is also the longest period of sustained satisfaction since 1986, results Malacañang welcomed and vowed to continue.

“True democracy includes what the President’s father called freedom from hunger. This is why we have invested in both strengthening and expanding our social safety nets so the fruits of democracy may be enjoyed by as many Filipinos as possible,” it said in a statement.

The Palace said “in the four surveys conducted yearly under the Aquino administration, the figure has not dipped below 64%,” representing “the longest period of sustained satisfaction recorded throughout the five administrations since the restoration of democracy in 1986.”

It also said the record 74% satisfaction “is the highest figure since the polling firm began running the survey in 1991, surpassing the previous record-high of 70% in September 1992 and July 1998.”

According to the 1st quarter 2013 Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Tuesday, July 16, the record-high rating “was achieved just before the May 2013 senatorial elections,” in March 2013. The other times satisfaction rose 68% or higher were before the 1992, 1998 and 2010 presidential elections.

SWS also said that between October 1999 to June 2009, “satisfaction with the way democracy works exceeded 50% in only 3 out of 30 surveys” until June 2010, when it reached 68% and has not dropped below 60% since.

But the Palace acknowledged there is still work to be done. – Rappler.com

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