82% of Filipinos Believe the 2022 Elections Were More Credible Compared to 2016


The Commission on Elections reported an 83 percent turnout in the May 2022 Philippine Elections. This was the highest automated election turnout in Philippine history, translating into roughly 56 million registered voters. According to a recent Pulse Asia survey, 82 percent of adult Filipinos believe that this year's elections were more credible, accurate, and faster than the last.

Commissioned by Stratbase ADR Institute, the Ulat ng Bayan survey was released on Monday, June 18, and reported that most Filipinos have "big trust" in the results of the past elections. Only about four percent said that they have "small trust." The other 14 percent were undecided. The data also shows that the high trust rating is most apparent in Mindanao, which had a rating of 97 percent. Luzon, on the other hand, had the least with 73 percent.


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About 89 percent of adult Filipinos also said they were satisfied with the vote-counting machines (VCMs) while only four percent expressed dissatisfaction. Ninety-five percent of voters were said to have found the use of the VCMs "very easy" or "easy," as well. Meanwhile, 89 percent prefer automated elections moving forward.

Presenting in a virtual forum by Democracy Watch and Stratbase ADR, Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes also pointed out that 39 percent of Filipinos believe that these 2022 elections had less cheating than the last.

“With respect to the presence of cheating, a polarity felt that there was less cheating in the 2022 elections… although the figure is slightly lower in the Visayas at 29 percent and higher in Mindanao at 47 percent,” he claimed.

In addition, 16 percent said that cheating in the May 9 polls was “considered little or insignificant.” Only five percent felt that there was more cheating than the 2016 elections.

Forty-one percent of voters, on the other hand, agreed that the 2022 elections heightened divisions in the country.

Conducted from June 24 to June 27, the survey obtained the data by way of face-to-face interviews across 1,200 adult Filipino respondents nationwide. National percentages have an error margin of ±2.8 percent while Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have a margin of ±5.7 percent.

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