Filipinos consider political environment during election season safe, organized – PolMindscape Two

Philippine elections have always been tainted with anomalies like vote-buying and issues of violence. Despite this, a recent study by PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. reveals that Filipinos have a positive perception on the political environment during election season, describing it as organized, safe, secure, and peaceful.

Philippine elections have always been tainted with anomalies like vote-buying and issues of violence. Despite this, a recent study by PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. reveals that Filipinos have a positive perception on the political environment during election season, describing it as organized, safe, secure, and peaceful.

 

The political situation during the election campaign period garnered the most positive assessment, where more than two-thirds (69%) of Filipinos think it’s organized, and three in five commending its safeness (64%), security (63%), and peacefulness (62%). Although the assessment is also generally positive for the political environment during the actual elections and the period of tallying of votes, they received slightly lower overall percentages.

Albeit favourable reviews on the political scene during the tallying of votes, only a little more than half (55%) express confidence in the reckoning of votes, 39% of which saying they are just somewhat confident. The figures are particularly low in the regions of NCR (46%) and South Luzon (47%), and among Filipinos from the class ABC (47%). 

 

Entry of PCOS

The introduction of Precinct-Count Optical Scanners or (PCOS) machines to the Philippines’ voting system was not without issues, with problems like malfunctioning and missing machines plaguing both 2010 and 2013 elections.  The recent survey reveals that Filipinos have a satisfactory assessment of PCOS machines during these years; half of them (51%) are either slightly or definitely satisfied with using PCOS.  Among regions, South Luzon (21%) and the Visayas (21%) appear to be the most dissatisfied with PCOS machines. As discontented are Filipinos belonging to the Class E (20%) and those from rural areas (18%).

Overall, only one in five Filipinos (15%) are dissatisfied with the use of PCOS machines in the previous two elections. It was found that their primary reasons are the absence of proof of the tallied votes (24%), the issues that arose which has not been addressed by the Commission on Elections (22%), and the complicated process they had to go through (20%).

On a more positive note, majority of Filipinos trust the election results using PCOS machines both during the 2010 (61%) and 2013 (64%) elections. Aside from NCR, there is an increase in the trust ratings of all regions on the results of voting using PCOS. Filipinos from North Luzon have consistently given a higher-than-average trust rating (69% in 2010, 72% in 2013) while those from South Luzon had the biggest change in assessment from 2010 (54%) to 2013 (62%).

Based on the results by age group, it was found that older age groups give higher trust ratings on the results. Across all groups, there is an improvement in the ratings given.

 

PCOS in the 2016 elections?

Filipinos are optimistic about the PCOS-generated results of the 2016 elections. More than two-thirds (68%) believe the election results in the upcoming election can be trusted. The highest figures come from the regions of North Luzon (78%) and Mindanao (78%) while South Luzon appears to be the least credulous as only around half (53%) reported they are hopeful of the 2016 results. Among age groups, it is the oldest (73%) that are most assured that the PCOS machines will produce reliable results.

It also appears that Filipinos are in favour of casting their votes via PCOS machines as three in five (61%) prefer an election where PCOS machines are used; the highest agreement come from those from NCR and North Luzon. Meanwhile, 22% of Filipinos want another automated system in the elections next year and the other 17% still suggest we stick to manual voting and counting.  The opposition to PCOS is strong for those who belong to Class E and Visayas where almost half (47%, 49%) would rather vote through another automated system or manually.

PolMindscape Two of PUBLiCUS Asia, Inc. is a study aimed at understanding the psychographics of Filipino voters. The research is based on a survey of 1,500 Filipinos, aged 17-45, both from urban and rural areas, and across all socio-economic classes. It asked the sample of adults a host of question about political, social and economic issues, some undertaken as regular indicators monitored over time and others reflective of current concerns and also about specific personal information. The study was conducted on February 22 - March 4, 2015 and covered the four major areas:  National Capital Region (NCR), Balance Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; and 17 sub-areas/regions. 

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