50% of Pinoys are pro-divorce, says SWS

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(SPOT.ph) The results of the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted last March 4-7 revealed that 50 percent of adult Filipinos agree and 33 percent disagree with this statement: "Married couples who have already separated and cannot reconcile anymore should be allowed to divorce so that they can get legally married again," reports ABS-CBN News. Sixteen percent remain undecided, however.

The survey reported that support for divorce increased overall compared to 2005, according to ABS-CBN. In 2005, only 43 percent of adult Filipinos backed divorce while 44 percent disagreed. In Metro Manila, support also increased from 44 percent to 52 percent this year. Even among social classes, Class E respondents who agreed with the statement rose from 37 percent to 45 percent. In Class D alone, the number of those in favor of divorce moved up from 42 percent to 52 percent.

However, support for divorce dropped two points among Class ABC respondents-from 59 percent to 57 percent. Opposition from Class ABC went up 34 percent to 40 percent this year.

More men and more women also back divorce this year regardless of their civil status, reports ABS-CBN. However, support dropped one percentage point among those with live-in partners-from 63 percent to 62 percent.

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBN News and GMA News.

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