Half of Filipino Adults Support Legalizing Divorce, According to SWS Survey

A recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed that half of the Filipino adult population supports legalizing divorce for “irreconcilably separated couples.” The survey, which interviewed over 1,500 Filipinos nationwide from March 21 to 25, found that only a minority held dissenting views or remained undecided on the matter.

According to the survey results, 50% of respondents agreed with the statement that married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce so that they can get legally married again. Meanwhile, 31% disagreed with the statement, and 17% were undecided.

While a majority of Filipinos support the legalization of divorce, the percentage has decreased from 55% in June 2023 and 65% in March 2023. The net agreement score, which is calculated by subtracting the percentage of disagree from the percentage of agree, is currently recorded at +19, classified by SWS as “moderately strong.” This is down from +27 in June 2023 and +44 in March 2023.

The survey also found that sentiment towards legalizing divorce was strongest among men and women with live-in partners, with net agreement scores of +40 and +39, respectively. The sentiment was moderately strong among widowed/separated individuals, men and women who have never married, and married individuals.

In terms of agreement across regions, Metro Manila had the highest net agreement score in the survey, while the sentiment towards divorce legalization was moderately strong among the major religions in the Philippines.

Over 600 residents were surveyed in Balance Luzon, while Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao each had 300 respondents. Sampling error margins for the survey results are ±2.5% for national percentages and ±4.0% for Balance Luzon, and ±5.7% for Metro Manila, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The survey was non-commissioned and conducted by SWS as a public service. The results come on the heels of the House of Representatives approving the absolute divorce bill, with several senators expressing their support for the bill.

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