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2011 SWS Survey Review

Posted: 2011-01-21
Category: Events


Mahar Mangahas presenting the SWS Survey Results 2011

The Annual SWS Survey Review, presented at the Asian Institute of Management on January 21, 2011, presented the results of the 2010 SWS surveys of adults, household heads, voters, and poll workers on important events in 2010 as follows:

  1. The SWS Pre-Election Surveys and the TV5-SWS Exit Poll saw Noynoy Aquino’s lead over narrowing up to February, but recovering strongly up to his victory for the Presidency. These surveys also correctly reflected Jejomar Binay’s come-from-behind win for the Vice-Presidency.

  2. For the first time in Philippine history, a statistical sample of voters was polled only 50 meters away from the voting centers in the TV5-SWS Exit Poll.

  3. Filipino voters have become more aware of selection surveys, but few were influenced.

  4. Despite expectations of serious irregularities as in past years, satisfaction of both voters and poll workers with the conduct of the elections was much higher in 2010 than in 2007. There were fewer witnesses of irregularities and anxieties about sabotage or machine failure.       

  5. Post-Presidential election satisfaction with the way democracy works has reached a high level, similar to 1992 and 1998, after being conspicuously absent in 2004.

  6. The “normal” honeymoon ratings of Noynoy Aquino follow several years under consistently unpopular President in Philippine polling history. Satisfaction with the performance of the national administration as a whole, top institutions and top officials has improved compared to the previous administration.

  7. On the Reproductive Health Bill, the “cafeteria-type” program for family planning is popular for both Catholics and non-Catholics.

  8. The August 23 hostage-taking crisis brought on dissatisfaction with both the government and the media.

  9. Public satisfaction with government performance on the Maguindanao massacre case worsened from December 2009 to September 2010.
L-R: Mahar Mangahas, president of SWS and Edilberto de Jesus, president of AIM

Dr. Mahar Mangahas, SWS president, presented the results of the 2010 SWS Survey. Joining Dr. Mangahas in the panel for the open forum are Dr. Vicente Paqueo, former professor at the UP School of Economics in Diliman; Sec. Joel Rocamora, lead convenor of the National Anti-Poverty Commission and chairperson of Akbayan partylist; Dr. Edna Estifania Co, dean of the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) in UP Diliman; and Mr. Peter Wallace, vice president of the Management Association of the Philippines.  Prof. Juan Miguel Luz of Asian Institute of Management (AIM) served as moderator during the open forum.

The 2011 SWS Survey Review was presented at the AIM Conference Center Manila, Makati City, as a joint undertaking of the AIM Policy Center (APC) and the Social Weather Stations (SWS),with support from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

The 108-slide presentation is available for sale in a 2011 edition CD-ROM.  It also includes all reviews from 2002-2011, the TV5-SWS Exit Poll, the People’s Evaluation of the May 2010 Automated Elections, selected 2010-2011 Social Climate columns, and the article “What SWS Stands for: Democratic Discourse.”

The SWS Surveys are open for public research at the SWS Survey Library at #52 Malingap Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. For inquiries, please contact Ms. Jeanette Ureta (


Download SWS 2011 Presentation


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