More than half of Filipinos are supporting the legalization of divorce in the Philippines, according to a recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
A nationwide survey taken during the fourth quarter of 2017 found out that 53 percent of adult Filipinos agree that that divorce should be legalized for “irreconcilably separated couples.”
In the survey, respondents were asked to comment on the following statement: “Married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce so that they can get legally married again.”
Fifty-three percent of the respondents agreed (30 percent strongly and 23 percent somewhat) with the statement, while 32 percent disagreed (10 percent somewhat and 22 percent strongly). The remaining 15 percent were undecided on the matter.
This indicated a net agreement score of +21, which is classified by SWS as “moderately strong.”
“Support for the legalization of divorce used to be split when SWS first surveyed it in 2005: 43 percent agreed, 12 percent were undecided, and 45 percent disagreed, for a neutral net agreement of -2,” the SWS noted.
It added, “The question was asked for the second time six years after in 2011 and obtained moderately strong support. When it was asked for the third time three years after in 2014, it went to very strong and stayed at moderately strong up to 2017.”
The recent poll results also showed that that the support for the legalization of divorce is “very strong” among women with live-in partners, men with live-in partners, and widowed/separated men.
The survey was conducted December 8 to 16, 2017, using face-to-face interviews among 1,200 adults—of whom 50 are men, and 50 are women—with a margin of error of ±3 percent nationwide.
The Philippines and Vatican City are the two nations in the world that do not have a divorce law.
Last month, the House Committee on Population and Family Relations approved a measure seeking to introduce divorce and dissolution of marriage in the Philippines.