Palace welcomes survey on how democracy works under Duterte administration

By , on February 1, 2017


Palace welcomes survey on how democracy works under Duterte administration (Photo: TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo)
Palace welcomes survey on how democracy works under Duterte administration (Photo: TOTO LOZANO/Presidential Photo)

MANILA—Malacanang has welcomed a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing majority of the Filipinos are satisfied with how democracy works in the Philippines under present government of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the 2017 SWS Survey Review briefing results “underscores our people’s high level of public confidence in the President.”

He said this also underscores the Duterte administration’s commitment to provide a “comfortable life for all” by building a climate of safety and security in which businesses will thrive and allow for greater job creation.

According to the survey, the 86 percent was the highest among the last five administrations of Presidents Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III and Duterte.

The survey also showed that 62 percent of Filipinos “always prefer democracy” while 19 percent “sometimes prefer authoritarianism.”

The same SWS poll said that 46 percent of Filipinos are “very happy” under the present government of President Duterte.

Meanwhile, Abella also welcomed the results of the SWS’s Fourth Quarter survey showing people’s sentiment that there was a decline in crime victimization.

”Specifically, the results indicated that families who said they were victimized and lost property to street robbery, burglary, or carnapping registered at 4.5 percent, surpassing the previous quarterly record of 5.5 percent in March and June 2015,” Abella said.

The same survey also disclosed that 52 percent of respondents agreed that the presence of many drug addicts in their neighborhood has declined compared to 52 percent in the previous quarter.