69% believe that morally dubious decisions are never justifiable – study

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

69% of the respondents in a survey by the Faculty for Social Wellbeing have said that morally dubious decisions from which the Maltese population at large or their families can benefit from, are never justifiable.

The data was collected in October. The methodology used included 600 respondents aged over the age of 16 stratified by gender and districts.

Among the questions asked, respondents were asked whether they considered political decisions which are morally dubious but from which the population including themselves benefit are ever justifiable. 69% of the respondents said that they are never justifiable, followed by 16% who said that it was not always the same in contrast to the 5% who said that they are justifiable and 3% who said that they are very justifiable.

The distribution by gender shows that 71% of the male respondents said that they are never justifiable compared to the 68% female respondents. On the other hand 17% of the female respondents said that this was not always the same, compared to 14% of the male respondents. Comparing the results for males and females who said that such decisions would be justifiable, 6% females replied so against 4% of the male respondents, while 2% of the females said that it was “very justifiable” against the 3% of the males.

What do you look at when deciding which party to vote?

61% of the respondents said that they are would consider the economy as a factor when deciding who to vote, this was closely followed by the wealth and financial situation of one’s family (60%), the party’s beliefs (52%), the party leader (43%) and the family’s loyalty to a particular party (36%).

Looking at the distribution by age brackets, those aged between 16 and 25 considered one’s wealth and financial position more important than other age groups with 77%. The economy was an important factor in one’s voting choice in the 36 to 45 age bracket with 71% followed by the 16 to 25 age bracket with 68%. Political party beliefs was an important factor among votes aged 46 to 55, followed by those aged 66 and over (58%) and closely followed by those aged between 16 and 25 with 56%.

The political party leader is an important factor for those aged between 36 and 45 (52%), followed by those aged between 46 and 55 (50%).

Loyalty of one’s family to a particular party was chosen mainly by respondents aged 66 and over with 41%.

41% of the respondents said that they are very satisfied with their lives followed by 34% who said that they were satisfied. 20% said that they were neutral while 2% said that they were absolutely unsatisfied.